ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS:
On 15 Dec 1866, 48 Roman Catholic children previously at the Diamantina Orphanage were placed under the care of the Sisters of Mercy after permission was granted by the Colonial Secretary to Bishop Quinn for the establishment of a Roman Catholic orphanage. In 1869, St. Vincent's Orphanage moved from New Farm to Nudgee.
St. Vincent's Orphanage was charged with the reception, care, teaching and training of orphaned, deserted or neglected Roman Catholic children. The Report of the Inspector of Public Institutions for the Session of 1872 describes the "character" of the Orphanage as one of "benevolence and usefulness".
Under The Orphanage Act of 1879, institutions established by "private benevolence" were granted a licence as a Licensed Orphanage. St. Vincent's Orphanage, the only private institution at that time, was licensed on 22 Dec 1879. Management and supervision of the Orphanage remained with the Sisters of Mercy, but was subject to such control as the Minister prescribed, including regular Inspection. A government subsidy at the rate of 10d a day per child was provided. Education and training in domestic duties were provided by the Orphanage while some children were hired-out.
By the 1960s, St. Vincent's Home, Nudgee provided residential care and primary education. Children proceeding to secondary education were placed in foster homes or in boarding-school. An Opportunity School was established in 1965, while State Welfare Officers visited the Orphanage regularly. Capital works were government subsidised while funding for children's care continued. In the 1970s the number of children at the Home decreased as alternatives to institutional care were developed. At 30 Jun 1971, there were 165 children at the Home which was responsible for the care, protection, education, training, control and welfare of children. At 30 Jun 1978, there were 55 in residence. In the 1970s family group homes were established firstly on-site and then off-site, and St. Vincent's gradually ceased to be a residential facility.
St. Vincent's Home, Nudgee ceased to receive funding as part of the Licensed Residential Care Program when the program was discontinued in the year ended 30 Jun 1991 (circa month). Funding continued as part of the Alternative Care and Intervention Program under the name St. Vincent's Home, Nudgee to the year ended 30 Jun 1994.