Friends of St Vincent’s leave extraordinary gift


Back in 2005, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney, received advice that Mrs Joan Mary Hodgson had bequeathed all of her estate “as a beneficiary in the estate of the late Sir Matthew John O’Neill.” Sir John, a solicitor with Murphy & Moloney for more than 40 years and long-time supporter of the Sisters of Charity, passed away in St Vincent’s in 1976 at the age of 62 years, leaving a major share in his Darling Point apartment to his life-long friend, Joan. The gift was subject to a life tenancy that ceased in 2020.

Joan Mary Hodgson formed a very close relationship with the Sisters of Charity and became a member of the St Vincent’s Private Hospital Ladies’ Committee. She volunteered at the Hospital, often working on the front desk or in The Little Shop. She formed a wonderful friendship with Mrs Anne Sheridan (a past President of the Ladies’ Committee).

In later years, Joan moved to the Southern Highlands where she died in February 2005 aged 86 years. Joan’s executor, Garry, commented, “neither Joan nor Sir John left any descendants but their gift was a joint expression of their wishes for charitable giving, being quite a significant amount.”

We are forever grateful to Joan and Sir John for their generosity. Their joint legacy will go towards St Vincent’s Precision Medicine and Robotic Surgery Technology, which allows surgery to be less invasive, speed up patient recovery, and reduces periods of hospitalisation. St Vincent’s will honour Joan and Sir John on the Honour Roll in the Private Hospital, for all patients, staff, and visitors to view.