The Latin Americans started arriving in Australia in big numbers in the 70s (from Chile) and in the early 80s during the days of civil wars in Central America. Most of these arrived under the Refugee or Humanitarian Grounds. It was around this time that the few religious/social gatherings gradually progressed into a more regular and coordinated events.
Meanwhile, as we may all know, the Spanish navigators were familiar with the shores and islands of Australia and New Guinea 200 years before Captain Cook arrived on the eastern coast of Australia. Settlement would have occurred during the gold rush in mid-19th century.
The large and vibrant Latin American Catholic Community celebrates mass each Sunday at St Fribarr’s church, Waterworks Road, Ashgrove each Sunday beginning at 11:30am. For more information please contact the chaplain, Fr Martin Ignacio Gutierrez Rodriguez CS on : 3358 3744 or visit the webpage: http://bne.catolicosaustralia.com.au/