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Mary MacKillop was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne on January the 15th 1842. She was the first child to Alexander MacKillop and Flora MacDonald. Mary was one child out of 8 and spent most of her childhood years looking after and acting like a second mother to her siblings. The MacKillop family were quite poor so at the young age of 14, Mary got herself a job as a governess and as teacher at a Portland school. All the money Mary earned went towards her families everyday living. While working as a governess, Mary met Father Julian Tension Woods. By the time Mary had reached the age of 15 she had decided that she wanted to be a nun. She also wanted to devote her life to the poor and less fortunate. So upon meeting Father Julian Tension Woods she told him her hopes and dreams, and together they decided to set up a school. In 1861, they worked together and opened Australia's first free Catholic school. At the time only the rich could afford schooling. But at the school Mary opened anyone was welcome. Mary was a great teacher and became very popular within the community. Although Mary was very ...

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...Her group of nuns are still known and talked about today. Mary now has her tomb placed in a memorial chapel at Mount Street, North Sydney. Many people and school groups come to look and reflect on the life of Australia's first saint, Mary MacKillop.


Mary MacKillop Makers and Shakers, Rose Inserra, Cardigan Street Publisher, Carlton Australia, 1995
Mary MacKillop A tribute, Honeysett Press, N.S.W Leichhardt Australia, 1995
Mary MacKillop Faithful in the dark, Sealy, Pat, Evelyn Pickering Teresita, Cormack N.S.W Sydney, 1983

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