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New Zealand's First Refugees: Pahiatua's Polish Children

More Ursuline Sisters

More Ursuline Sisters

In anticipation of establishing a Polish Girls' Hostel, on 26 August 1947 three Ursuline Sisters arrived from France – Sister Franciszka Maślak (Sister Marcina), Sister Augustyna Sobczak and Sister Bernarda Brennan, an Irish lady who had joined the Polish Ursuline Sisters and learned to speak Polish very well. They took temporary residence in a New Zealand convent but worked for a while at the Polish Boys' Hostel, which continued to serve the boys for another five years until it was closed in August 1952.