Story: Catholic Church

Catholic community life: Hibernian Society (5th of 5)

The Hibernian Society (named after the ancient name for Ireland) is a Catholic benefit society which has existed in New Zealand since 1869. It raises, administers and distributes funds to support Catholic families suffering economic and social hardship, and provides support and companionship. The society arose first among Irish migrants in Australia and its full name, the Hibernian Australasian Catholic Benefit Society, appears on this magnificent certificate, illustrated with symbols from Irish and Catholic traditions. This certificate was issued to the Dunedin branch of the Hibernians in 1873, and authorised them to form an official branch of the society.

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Rory Sweetman, 'Catholic Church - Fitting into New Zealand society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/29302/catholic-community-life-hibernian-society (accessed 24 October 2019)

Story by Rory Sweetman, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 17 Jul 2018