New Grant ‘Maps’ Australia’s First Saint


Go to Mary MacKillop Canonisation Pages
Photograph courtesy of the State Library of South Australia.
Mary MacKillop Place has received funding to assist in the development of an interactive, multi cell, touch screen map that explores the story and educational initiatives of Mary MacKillop and the work of the Sisters of St Joseph between 1866 and 1886.

The $20,000 grant was announced on 30 June by The Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and The Arts, the Hon Peter Garrett AM MP, at a press conference held at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney.

The grant was awarded as part of the Australian Government’s Commemorating Eminent Australians Program.

Director of Mary MacKillop Place, Sister Brigette Sipa, says the grant will be used  to research the material to be included in a touch screen map, which will give the rising number of visitors to the museum new ways to engage with the fascinating story of Mary MacKillop.

“With the announcement of Mary MacKillop’s canonisation in October, Mary MacKillop Place is experiencing record numbers of visitors,” Sister Brigette said.

“This new interactive display will serve as a great information resource to those visitors, providing them with an innovative presentation of primary source material collated from significant sites across Australia.”

The material in the exhibition will also be designed to meet the needs of the curriculum requirements of the NSW Board of Studies.

Curator of the Mary MacKillop Place Museum, Edwina Huntley, says that by using innovative mapping and display technology students, teachers, pilgrims and visitors will gain new insights into the essence of Mary MacKillop, one of Australia’s great pioneering women.

“As museum visitors experience this story through the interactive screen, they will come to appreciate not only the facts about Mary’s story but will also better understand the values that form the foundations of her work and legacy,” Edwina said.

Go to Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Mary MacKillop Canonisation Pages

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