St. Damian’s Parish Primary School was established on 26th April 1966. Growth was rapid during the next ten years and by 1977, the enrolment had grown to 550 pupils. This growth continued, with the school reaching its peak at 780 pupils in the early 80’s.

From its beginning, St. Damian’s School developed under the care of the Sisters of the Order of St. Clare (Poor Clares), who came from Sydney for the express purpose of conducting the school and establishing a religious community to assist in the building of the new Parish. Sister Angela was the first Principal for two years followed by Sister Germaine and then Sister Louise.



Damian and Cosmas were twin brothers who were born in Arabia. They were very famous students of science and both became excellent doctors.

Cosmas and Damian saw in every patient a brother in Christ. For this reason, they showed great charity to all and treated their sicknesses to the best of their ability. Yet no matter how much care a patient required, neither Cosmas nor Damian ever accepted any money for their services. For this reason, they were called by a name in Greek, which means, “The moneyless ones.”

Every chance they had, the two Saints told their patients about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and because the people all loved these twin doctors, they listened to them willingly. Cosmas and Damian often brought health back to both the bodies and the souls of those who came to them for help.

When the persecution of Christians began in their city, the Saints were arrested at once, for they had never tried to hide their great love for the Christian Faith. They were tortured, but nothing could make them give up their belief in Christ. They had lived for Him and had brought so many souls to His love. So they were put to death. These holy martyrs are named in the Cannon, the most solemn part of the Mass.

They are included in the Litany of the Saints, and were the last Saints to be added to the Canon of the Mass. Chemists, physicians, surgeons and dentists regard the holy brothers as their Patron Saints. Their feast day is September 26th.

In 1966 when Fr. Dunlop chose St. Damian as our patron saint, we were the only parish in Australia dedicated to St. Damian. As far as we know we still are!