From the very start, the Catholics who arrived in Australia were poor with little education. In most cases, they were convicts dumped in an unknown land with little chance that they would ever see their families again
The official church in England was the Anglican church. Most catholic transported to Australia were Irish living in England at the time of their conviction
life for all European arrivals was difficult.for Catholics,the new colony offered little help for religious practice
there were any conflicts between the authorities in charge of the colony and some Catholics who wished to be granted the freedom to worship in the Catholic way.
the first recorded Catholic mass was not held until 1803, more than fifteen yeas after the first fleet landed in Australia