Mary Mackillop Place

Mary Mackillop Place

Mary Mackillop place in the heart of North Sydney is a site of great historical and religious significance. In 1883 Mary Mackillop made it the headquarters of the Religious Order she founded to bring education to the poor in the bush and the city slums. It is famous as the place of her death and burial.
Well established now as a cultural & educational centre, it features the beautiful Memorial Chapel, the celebrated museum together with accommodation & conference facilities.
The temporary Centenary of Federation exhibition 'Dreams Made to Last' will be on display throughout 2001.

Since opening in 1995 the museum has been at the centre of the continuing life story of the pioneering Australia Mary MacKillop - Australia's saint , and the co founder of the order of the Sisters of St Joseph Fr Julian Tenison Woods. The museum seeks to interpret the significant historical events surrounding the challenges and hardships of ministry life work in colonial Australia, and the contemporary events celebrating Mary MacKillop's legacy today.


Mary Mackillop Place

 

The museums mission is to present and explore the story of Mary MacKillop for the people of NSW and beyond.

 

A visit to the museum can include touch screen interactive, audio and film presentations and public events. Pre booked guided tours are available daily.

 

The museum is part of a complex which includes hotel accomodation and conference facilities.

Address: 
7 Mount Street, North Sydney NSW 2060, Australia
Tel: 
+61 02 8912 4878
+61 02 8912 4835
Hours: 
10am-4pm every day.

Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day.
Admission: 
Adults $8.00, Concession $6.00, Children- School age $5.00, Child [before school age] free
Family [ 2 adults+ 2 school children] $21.00, Fmily [ 1 adult + 2 school children] $13.00, Extra school child [ per child] $2.00
Adult tour group[ per adult] $6.00, School tour group[ per child] $4.00
Facilities: 
Cafe and gift shop
The cafe and shop are adjacent to the museum. The cafe offers a selection of light lunch time options and specials for groups and museum entry specials.The gift shop stocks publications on all aspects of Mary MacKillop and related topics and merchandise. New items are regularly being added to the range that focuses on Mary MacKillop and her life.

The Reading Room
This facility is for group meetings and research. Visitors can access recent publications produced by the Order, while young children are entertained in the kids space. On line resources and archival material are available on request.

Accommodation packages
The museum offers special museum / accomodation packages. Visit www.anderledylodge.org.au for more information.

Disability services.
Wheel chair hire available.
Collection: 

The major collection includes articles belonging to Mary MacKillop, and family members and friends, personal items belonging to Fr Julian Tenison Woods, and the Sisters of St Joseph.

The secondary collecting categories include:

objects and artworks collected through outreaching to rural communities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Liturgical objects and relics associated with the Catholic faith which include; Religious arts i.e vestment garments, and reliquary objects containing Catholic saints.

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Items

Crypt

Tomb

Tomb
Creator:
W.N. Bull Pty Ltd
Description:
Marble tomb enclosing brass casket which in turn encases a leaden coffin
Date:
Jan 1914 - 1995

The marble slab was the gift of Joanna Barr-Smith in 1914. The brass casket was the gift of W.N. Bull for the re-interment of the body of Mary Mackillop in 1995, the date of her Beatification.

Cottage in museum grounds

Alma Cottage

Alma Cottage
Creator:
Original architect/builder not known
Description:
Stone building with slate roof. Photograph (extant) by Holterman from "The Towers" now Shore College in 1875.
Date:
C.1866

In 1884, Mary Mackillop received from the owner Dean John Kenny the gift of Alma Cottage. It became the headquarters of the Sisters of St Joseph and is now honoured nationally as the place where the first Australian Saint, Mary Mackillop died.

Diorama

Adelaide 1868

Adelaide 1868
Creator:
Wintergreen
Description:
The model displays assistance by Sisters to less fortunate people.
Date:
C.1868

The diorama depicts the arrival of the newly formed religious order in Adelaide in 1868 and the various problems that immediately claimed their attention.

School

Stable School

Stable School
Creator:
Wintergreen
Description:
The school is presented as a converted stable
Date:
C. 1866

The building is a reproduction of the first school established by Mary Mackillop for the poor and deprived bush children in Penola 1866. Having no money, she asked her brother to convert a disused stable into a classroom.

Memorabilia and Artefacts

The Vision

The Vision
Creator:
Wintergreen and Trustees of Sisters
Description:
The section illustrated holds memorabilia and personal possessions of the youthful Mary Mackillop and Julian Tenison Woods
Date:
1842-1868
Item Id Number:
Mary 1.

Through memorabilia, artefacts and electronic means, this section illustrates the youthful life experiences and forward vision of Co-founders, Mary Mackillop and Tenison Woods (priest/ scientist).