Our Lady's Nurses for the Poor

Our Lady's Nurses for the Poor (often known as "Brown Nurses") were founded in Sydney in 1913 by Father Edward McGrath MSC and Eileen O'Connor in response to the poverty they saw around them at that time. 


They became known as the "Brown Nurses" due to their dresses, hats and cloaks of the period, which were chosen in a distinctive and practical brown colour. 


In 1962 the Brown Nurses came to Merewether. From here the Sisters and their helpers have and continue to serve the poor and needy in today's contemporary society. 


"The cause of a person's poverty is not yours to question. The fact a person is poor is the reason you help," Eileen O'Connor.




8 Janet Street

Merewether, NSW 2291

Ph: (02) 4963 1193

Fax: (02) 4963 2808
Website: www.ourladysnurses.org.au