- 17 August 1891
- Alternative Names
- The Church of England Deaconess Institution Sydney (previous name, 1891 - 1916)
- Deaconess House (previous name, 1916 - 1997)
- Mary Andrews College (1997 - )
- Reference No
- ABN 11 069 533 482
- Registered Office Suite 702, Level 7, 121 Walker St, NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2060 Tel 1300 736 630 Fax 1300 736 770 Email email@example.com
Established in Sydney by Reverand Mervyn Archdale and his wife Martha (who was familiar with the Kaiserwerth deaconess movement in Germany), the Church of England Deaconess Institution began training women 'towards evangelization and furtherance of women's work in the church' in 1891.
Now called the Anglican Deaconess Institution Sydney Limited, the vision of the institution remains much as it was at the time of its first intake, that is: 'Under the leadership of Jesus Christ, to be the nation's most effective Christian organisation for equipping women to spread the gospel and for reaching out to those in need.'
Sources used to compile this entry: Tress, Nora, Caught for Life: The Story of the Anglican Deaconess Order in Australia, Nora Tress, Arulen, NSW, 1993; Webpage of the The Anglican Deaconess Institution Sydney Limited ; [http://www.adisl.org.au/index.html] accessed 2009-05-12.