A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sisters of Mercy: Grafton Convent

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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  1. It sounds like an inspiring place to visit. So good the sisters kept records of the history.

  2. I had no idea there was an archive room and museum. I know one of the sisters there, maybe we'll look into visiting.

  3. I went to a convent for a retreat once and found it to be the most peaceful 'vacation'

  4. What a lovely and inspiring place! Terrific capture and such interesting history! Hope you have a great week!


  5. Sadly the Sisters of Mercy convent in my home town got demolished. I used to learn piano at the convent during those tumultuous years of change when the sisters moved from those started wimples and going about in pairs to a much freer lifestyle.

  6. Starched wimples not started wimples.

  7. Awesome photo ~ and great info ~~thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) linked w/OWT


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