The Sisters of Mercy arrived in Grafton from Berdmonsey, London in 1884. The Convent adjacent to the Clarence River is both a busy but also very peaceful place. To celebrate their 125th year in Grafton, Sister Judith Weiley RSM led the establishment of the Archive Room and Museum.
It is a fascinating place with collections of letters, photographs and incredible memorabilia from the last 127 years. It is open to the public by simply contacting the Convent in Victoria St Grafton.
This is a picture of M.M. Angela Curtis 1843-1888. She was one of the original group that traveled on the Orient from London to Sydney and hence to Grafton to establish the Convent and begin to educate the poor Catholic children of the Clarence Valley. She is described as "gentle, cultured and artistic" and a "noted teacher". Mother Angela was a gifted letter writer and the archives are indebted for her "invaluable history of the Sisters early days in a strange land."
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