Mother Alban Salmon
1880 - 1951
Mother Patrick Potter’s death in 1927 brought to the fore Mother Alban Salmon, a shrewd and determined leader with a strong sense of direction. Born in Ireland in 1880, Mother Salmon came to Queensland in November 1902. After teaching in various Sisters of Mercy schools, she was Mistress of Novices before she was elected Reverend Mother (Congregation Leader) in 1923.
Mother Alban’s vision was to ensure that Mater became a clinical school for the University of Queensland’s Faculty of Medicine. This dream became a reality in 1949. Part of the strategy in achieving this goal was the announcement in 1946 of the construction of a maternity hospital. By providing training in obstetrics for Mater’s resident medical officers, Mater Mothers’ Hospital elevated the Mater campus into a large and complex hospital system, entrenching it as a vital part of Queensland’s hospital network.