Mater History
Mater history

Welcome to Mater History

On 4 January, 1906, the Sisters of Mercy opened a 20-bed private hospital in a former residential home in Brisbane’s North Quay.

This was the first Mater Private Hospital, and the start of a tradition of care and compassion for the sick and the needy which would eventually lead to the establishment of several hospitals, health centres, a world-class medical research institute and pathology and pharmacy businesses—all with one aim—to provide exceptional care.

The story of Mater’s development is one of hardship, adversity, triumphs and compassion, characterised at all times by a commitment to care.

It’s not just Mater’s story. During its first 100 years, Mater has been part of the story of almost every person who has lived in Brisbane and countless more from all over Queensland and Northern NSW.

Feature articles

New state electorate honours Mater doctor

New state electorate honours Mater doctor

The state election on 25 November 2017 was the first state election since the Ashgrove electorate was renamed ‘Cooper’ in February 2017, in honour of Dr Lilian Cooper, who practised at Mater during the early 1900s.

Monday, 27 November 2017

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Celebrating 25 years of Mater Volunteers

Celebrating 25 years of Mater Volunteers

The Mater Volunteers service was established March 1992. To commemorate their 25th anniversary, Mater Volunteers recently celebrated with a morning tea attended by volunteers representing each of the current 35 volunteer roles.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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The Hospitals

Mater hospitals

Continuing to provide compassionate healthcare in response to changing community needs, Mater Health Services comprises three hospitals for uninsured patients and four private hospitals, caring for more than half a million patients each year.

The Future

Mater future

A spirit of innovation has characterised the history of Mater and its founders, the Sisters of Mercy, since the Order's inception in 1831. Unlike most religious orders of the time, the Sisters of Mercy broke with convention, taking their Mission direct to people in need—in prisons, hospitals and homes.

The People

Mater people

Mater people provide exceptional care to patients and their families—every day, every hour, every minute.

We are always there for you.