The first fleet commanded by Arthur Philip with more than 1300 people in the boat. Although most were British, there were also African, American and French convicts
La Perouse enters Botany Bay and his chaplain, Abbe Mones, celebrates the first Mass within Australian territory
Convicts were forced to go to English mass.
First official mass celebrated by prisoner priest, Fr Dixon under strict government supervision
Fr John Terry open the first Catholic school in Parramatta. Governor Macquarie buys land on which the settlement's first Catholic church are built
St Mary's Chapel’s foundation stone is laid by Governor Macquarie and blessed by Fr Therry. The site is near a barren brickfield
Australia's first census is held and reveals a white population of 36,598, among them 1,236 Catholics
St Mary's Chapel finally completed and mass is celebrated by Fr Terry.
Five sisters of Charity arrive in Sydney with a mission to help the poor and disadvantaged
The weekly Catholic newspaper, Australasian Chronicle is launched
St Mary's Cathedral is modified to the designs of renowned British architect, Augustus Pugin.
St Vincent's Hospital is established in Sydney by the sister of charity, offering services to all but especially the poor
Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods found the Sisters of St. Joseph
Mary MacKillop becomes the first Sister and Mother Superior of the Sisters of St Joseph
By the bishop of Adelaide, Laurence Sheil, Mother Mary MacKillop is excommunicated
Five hundred men have worked as Jesuit priests, brother or
First St Vincent de Paul Society established in Sydney established at St Patrick Hill
Formation of the Catholic Teachers' Federation
James Scullin becomes Australia's first Catholic prime minister
To welcome and assist new immigrants, Catholic Immigration is founded
Pope Paul VI makes the first-ever Papal visit. The visit occurred arriving in Sydney on 30th November in that year.