Our Name | Our history begins in Ireland with the Bridgeman Family. The youngest brother of the family, Henry St John Bridgeman moved to Brisbane in 1863. He supported the work of the Mercy Sisters through his financial contributions and family connections including through his eldest and second youngest daughters, Lucy and Agnes, who became nuns and were teachers with the Sisters of Mercy throughout Queensland. Whilst his eldest sister Joanna, also known as Mother Mary Bridgeman, took her vows and became a Sister of Mercy working alongside Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War. She continued the family work in Ireland. The Bridgeman family is about service.
Passion, Commitment and Persistence | These three words are our values. They are our link to our history as the students of the past selected and these as our values to live by in Bridgeman.
Our Name | McAuley House derives its identity, values and mission from the example of Catherine McAuley. Catherine founded the Sisters of
Mercy in Ireland in 1831. The College’s foundation in 1981 was drawn from the Sacred Heart school at Sandgate run by the Sisters of Mercy. We ta
ke our inspiration to be ‘the kindest people on earth’ from Catherine’s exhortation to the community she founded, that they ‘should be the kindest people on earth and of the most tender compassion’.
Our Name | Quinn House was named after James Quinn who was the first Brisbane Archbishop. Born in Ireland, he was the son of a farmer
and from a young age, soon became known for his strong work ethic and his love for God and the Catholic Church. With help from Mother Mary Vinc
ent Whitty of the order of Mercy he combined his love of God and importance of education to establish a Catholic education system in Queensland, starting in Brisbane. In 1877 he bought the land on which the College is now situated which became known as Quinn’s Estate.
Our Name | Rochester House was named after our College patron, St John Fisher, who was the Bishop of Rochester in England. John Fisher’s story is closely linked to King Henry VIII. Though he once advised the King, when John Fisher refused to support him divorcing Catherine of Aragon, he was executed for treason. John Fisher was a renowned academic who stayed true to his Catholic beliefs, even when it cost him his life.