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St. Patrick’s College Ballarat 1972 – 1973 – A Call For Witnesses

Ryan Carlisle Thomas is working on behalf of a plaintiff in an institutional abuse civil proceeding in the Supreme Court of Victoria. He alleges he is a survivor of child abuse by three former Christian Brothers:

Brother Edward Vernon Dowlan

Brother Bernard Ring

Brother John Barr

Each of the three men were appointed to St Patrick’s College Ballarat between 1972 and 1973 as teachers and/or dormitory masters. All three have had allegations made against them published by the Royal Commission.

We are seeking witnesses who either worked at or attended the school, or had children/siblings at the school around this period, and may have any information regarding these individuals.

About the Ryan Carlisle Thomas Abuse Law team

Ryan Carlisle Thomas is one of the largest Institutional Abuse Law practices in Victoria. Since the early 1990s, Ryan Carlisle Thomas has acted for more than 2,500 clients who have suffered physical, sexual, psychological and/or cultural abuse and neglect.

We encourage all witnesses and survivors to contact our Institutional Abuse Department at or (03) 9238 7878. All enquiries are strictly confidential.