St Alipius Primary School, Ballarat


St Alipius Primary School was established in 1853 as the thirteenth non-government school formally registered in the state of Victoria. The school is still operating, and it has seen numerous religious orders involved in the running and management of the school. This has included the Christian Brothers who been heavily involved with the education of the boys at the school, but who have unfortunately left a negative stain on the school.

The school has become one of the most horrific examples of institutional child sexual abuse as identified by the Royal Commission into Institutional Abuse to Child Sexual Abuse. This was especially the case in the early 1970’s where the school had some of Victoria’s most prolific paedophiles. This included Brother Gerald Leo Fitzgerald, former Brother Edward Dowlan (now Ted Bales), former principal Brother Robert Best and the school’s former chaplain, Gerald Ridsdale. All these individuals are now serving time in prison

Artemis Legal is interested in pursuing justice for any victim of child sexual abuse at the hands of any of the perpetrators from the school. We invite former students, teachers and parents to contact us to tell us confidentially what information they may have, and we will explain what options are available to help with these cases.

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