Florence O'Reilly

Florence Honoria O'Reilly

Florence O'Reilly Benefactor

Florence Honoria O’Reilly was an heiress, inspired by the Sisters’ story, who came to Brisbane in 1872.


Renting accommodation on the grounds of All Hallows’, she used her financial skills to establish investments and assist with Mercy institutions. Two key ventures were: farmland in Samford Valley, and sugarcane in the Johnstone River District – the former for a seminary, the latter for education.


Florence cleared debts on Adderton and St Vincent's Orphanage; and ensured that Holy Cross, Wooloowin, opened debt free.