Mary MacKillop Place Open Day
'A National Trust Heritage Festival Event'
Sunday 5 May
10am - 4pm
Visit Mary MacKillop Place and celebrate our shared heritage. Explore the Museum’s galleries and discover the Sister of St Joseph’s community milestones in social welfare and education.
Take a guided tour around the beautiful heritage buildings, including the Memorial Chapel and Alma Cottage (Mary MacKillop’s home from 1884 to 1909).
Find out more about the accommodation and conference facilities.
Follow the Kids’ Trail and relax in the Gift Shop & Café. Enjoy a day with the family!
UPCOMING TEMPORARY EXHIBITION!
The Kundat Djaru people of Western Australia: a story of community spirit and collaboration
5 May - 31 October 2013
Fulfilling of Mary MacKillop dream, the Sisters of St Joseph established a mission in the Kimberley region in Yaruman / Ringer Soak Western Australia in 1964. The early Jesuit missions established in 1884 provided the inspiration for the work of the ministry in advocating equal rights for indigenous peoples.
The artworks and ceremonial items of the Ringer Soak community held in the museum’s collection are now on exhibition. They are the result of friendships forged between the years 1995 to 2000 when there were 15 to 17 Sisters in the Kimberley.
This exhibition tells the story of the humble beginnings of establishing the school at Ringer Soak in 1986 and the legacy of the Sisters’ involvement with the community. Contemporary advocacy work by the Sisters of St Joseph is currently focusing on Warmun, Halls Creek and Kununurra in the Kimberley region.
Rising to the Challenge: Connecting Information to Collections
Museums Australia National Conference, Adelaide
24 - 28 September 2012
The Museums Australia National Conference for 2012 was held in Adelaide, attracting 500 delegates and leading museums professionals from around the world. The sixteenth national conference was held at the University of Adelaide from the 24 to 28 September 2012.
The University lies at the heart of Adelaide’s cultural precinct and was the ideal venue to explore the conference theme: 'research and collections in a connected world'.
How can museums and galleries contribute to the needs of a world that is awash with information but hungry for meaning? The conference theme was a perfect fit with the museum’s new direction in embracing new technology to meet the increasing demands on educational resources. Mary MacKillop Place Museum’s Connected Experience Multimedia Interactive Project was officially launched in March this year, with staged additions to be released in December through to the New Year.
The partnership developed between the Museum and Object Consulting (one of Australia’s leaders in the delivery of enterprise business solutions) has been a fruitful relationship for over two years. Promotional sponsorship and a stand in the MA Trade Exhibition at the conference provided a good branding opportunity for both organisations. The technical support of Samsung provided a visual feast for delegates being able to view the Museum's new application on a large screen with the opportunity for delegates to see the Microsoft PixelSense Device in action.
Edwina Huntley, in her role as Project Manager, worked closely with the marketing team at Object Consulting in organising the company’s professional presence at the Conference and sharing with delegates the opportunities of utilising this application in small to medium sized museums.
Edwina has been engaged in developing the content for the next stage of the release and said, 'I am excited at the endless potential to create resources that are engaging and meaningful in content in telling the story of Mary MacKillop to a twenty first century audience'.
Left to right, Paul Turner (Samsung - Business Development Manager SA), Kevin Francis (Object Consulting- Microsoft Practice Manager) and Piet Van Nes (Object Consulting - Government Practice Lead).
New experience for a new era (Museum display upgrade)
Commencing November 2012, Mary MacKillop Place Museum will be undergoing a refurbishment and upgrade to the galleries in the next few months.
You will notice that some audio visuals will be decommissioned to make way for exciting new audio displays.
We do ask you for your patience while this work is underway, and thank you for your understanding.
A rare glimpse at a Vatican document
3 September - 12 November 2012
Visitors to the museum had the opportunity to view and relive the celebrations in Rome of 2010 for the first anniversary of Mary MacKillop’s Canonisation. News footage and objects on display highlighted the national celebrations in St Peter's Square and the official declaration by the Catholic Church of Mary MacKillop's sainthood.
Items on display included The Decree which was translated into Latin and signed by the Holy Father. A souvenir sheet was available for visitors.
The curator, Edwina Huntley said, “that it’s a significant item in the collection and one that should be shared with all Australians in marking this most profound event in Australia’s history. The Decree was produced after a request by Archbishop Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to the Holy Father. The name of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop was added to the list of official saints of the Church”.
Sister Maria Casey, Postulator for the Canonisation of St Mary, was invited at the end of October 2010 to prepare The Decree and submit it to the Secretariate of State in Rome.
Museum represented at IT industry exhibition
Mary MacKillop Place Museum was recently represented at the CeBIT Australia exhibition in Sydney. Object Consulting, who is working in partnership with the Museum to develop the interactive touch table, exhibited at the exhibition. Read more about the the touch table at CeBIT Daily News.
ABC report on the Museum's latest interactive technology
Mary MacKillop goes digital
Monday, 19 March 2012
by Noel Debien
'If you wander into the Mary MacKillop museum next to her shrine in North Sydney you'll now find a large table-top screen, a unique nexus of computing design. You can manipulate images 360 degrees (for a class gathered around), you can access historic documents and information in surprising ways, delving into the finest detail of who Mary MacKillop was. This is one saint who, through the mysteries of modern computing science, we can know in great detail - someone who can be really known as a person.
Mary MacKillop was an early-adopter of education methods, and her modern sisters are early adopters of computing technology.'
Collection items on loan to the National Museum of Australia's new Landmarks Gallery
A new gallery in Canberra at the National Museum of Australia marks the history of the Josephites in South Australia in the town of Robe
Landmarks is the National Museum’s newest and most ambitious gallery to date, bring together over 1500 objects to create a history of Australia since European settlement. The exhibition tells the stories of Australian places and their people, exploring how places reveal who we are, and how we dwell in this country. It introduces the generations who have built homes, enterprises and communities here, who marked the land just as it marked them, who created the places that define us today.
Items on exhibition have been loaned to the National Museum of Australia from the Mary MacKillop Place Museum in Sydney. The objects are all personal items belonging to Saint Mary MacKillop, and include her crucifix and dolour beads and handkerchief.
The Museum's curator, Edwina Huntley, has been collaborating with the National Museum of Australia's curator Jennifer Wilson, in securing the loan. Edwina said that the display featuring Mary MacKillop and the Order of the Sisters of St Joseph was ... “Indeed a unique and significant collaboration and one which will provide all visitors a rare opportunity to see close up personal items belonging to Mary MacKillop. The theme of the display featuring the town of Robe in South Australia, is an example of the founding philosophy of the Order to provide just and equal opportunities in education and social welfare for all, which is as alive today as it was in the 1860s.”
In the section titled Equal Opportunity and Justice Mary MacKillop is featured. Read about the town of Robe in South Australia and St Marys Star of the Sea were Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph established a school in 1869. The Robe Primary School is featured as an example of a community seeking the best educational opportunities for its youth. These objects on exhibition relate to Robe’s local history and the Sisters of St Joseph School which operated until 1880. After the closure of the Josephite school, children then attended the state school.
The issue of state funding to religious schools is one of the ideas which underpins the exhibit, and one which should be of interest to visitors, as debate continues today.
Take a visit to the National Museum of Australia and see the permanent gallery featuring the exhibition section on Mary MacKillop. To plan your trip and read further information on the new Landmarks gallery, go to National Museum of Australia's website.
Read further about Preparing a saint's relics for the National Museum of Australia.
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