13 Dec 2020

Museum brings saint’s spirit to life

The Southern Cross  |  December 2019

Museum brings saint’s spirit to life

The old and the new have been brought together in the redeveloped Mary MacKillop Museum at Kensington which was opened this month by the Governor of South Australia, Hieu Van Le AC.

A door from the Penola stable where Mary established her first school and a desk given to her as a Christmas gift by her Sisters in 1881 are just a few of the historic artefacts on display alongside contemporary storytelling features.

Funded by donations and a State Government grant, the museum comprises two galleries, a gift shop and a café which is expected to open soon. There are also plans for a walking trail of historic sites associated with the saint.

The museum is in the grounds of the chapel built by Sr Mary MacKillop in 1872 and the Josephite’s first permanent motherhouse.

Addressing 320 guests at the opening, Governor Van Le said it was a “great joy” to return for “this very special occasion”. He described Mary MacKillop as a role model for all Australians, no matter their background or walk of life.

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