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The painting of Saint Mary McKillop commemorates the community support in Kadina for the Sisters of Saint Joseph from 1869.

While acting as a governess to her uncle's children at Penola, Mary Mackillop met Father Julian Tenison Woods who, with a parish of 56,000 square kilometres, needed help in the religious education of children in the outback. At the time Mary's family depended on her income so she was not free to follow her dream. However, in 1866, greatly inspired and encouraged by Father Woods, Mary opened the first Saint Joseph's School in a disused stable in Penola.

Young women came to join Mary, and so the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph was begun. In 1867, Mary was asked by Bishop Shiel to come to Adelaide to start a school. From there, the Sisters spread, in groups to small outback settlements and large cities around Australia, New Zealand, and now in Peru, Brazil and refugee camps of Uganda and Thailand. Mary and these early Sisters, together with other Religious Orders and Lay Teachers of the time, had a profound influence on the forming of Catholic Education as we have come to know and experience it today.



Address:Doswell Terrace & Goyder Street, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Kadina, 5554
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.961428
Long: 137.712847
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Art
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1869


Front Inscription

Plaque :

In appreciation to the community of Kadina for your support to Sisters of St. Joseph since 1869

Source: MA,PS
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au