Toast to Patrick Ambrose Treacy and The Irish Christian Brothers Who Migrated to Australia. Treacy Centre, Monday 19 November 2018 by John O’Halloran
“Enterprising Immigrant” is the sub-title of Br Regis Hickey’s 2012 Life of Br Patrick Ambrose Treacy. Few students of the Irish influence in the development of the Australian Nation since white settlement would disagree with that judgement. But the assessment could be applied equally to the many Irish immigrants to Australia. The Irish were the largest immigrant group, after the English, from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century. Even today Irish born people are numerous in this land. The 2011 Census indicated that in Victoria alone, 14,000 citizens were Irish born. And just over 10% of the Australian population are of Irish heritage.