In 1859 six Irish nuns, led by Mother Xavier Maguire, left the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Dublin bound for Australia. Their mission was to establish a Convent of Mercy dedicated to the education of girls and the care of the sick and the poor in the colonial township of Geelong. The sisters rose to the challenge and in less than five months had acquired a house and land in Newtown and set about building first an orphanage, then boarding and day schools, a convent and finally a Chapel. The school, established by the sisters more than 152 years ago, has grown and developed and is now a modern college for 1365 day students.