Sisters of Saint Joseph

Date of Birth/Death:

The Sisters of Saint Joseph who taught at Willunga’s St Joseph’s Catholic School included:

1868
Sister Agatha Nolan, born Margaret Nolan, about 1848 in Portland, Victoria. Sr Agatha did not wear the nuns’ habit during the period of St Mary MacKillop’s censure of excommunication.

1868-1869
Sister John Baptist Fitzgerald, born Honora Fitzgerald, about 1845 in Sydney.
Sister Laurence O’Brien, born Veronica O’Brien, in 1842 or 1844 in County Clare, Ireland.

1870-January 1872
Sister Bridget Cremin, born in Sydney.
Sister Casimir Maskell, born Mary Maskell, 1850 in the District of Port Adelaide. Noted as a contemporary of St Mary MacKillop for 40 years.

March-July 1872
Sister Lucy Crowley, born Mary Crowley, in 1842 in the County of Cork, Ireland. Sr Lucy did not wear the nuns’ habit during the period of St Mary MacKillop’s censure of excommunication.

May-December 1872
Sister Cecilia Hehir, born Anna Maria Hehir, in Ireland. Arrived in Australia 1864 and left the St Joseph’s institute in 1872.
Sister Anne Byrne, born Mary Anne Byrne, in 1844 in Tyrone, Ireland.

The nuns lived in the cottage at 16 St Georges Street near the school.

Footnote:
Although she never taught at the Willunga school, Mary Ann Haye was one of Mary MacKillop’s Nuns brought from Ireland to SA aged 16yrs. She left the order and married Alexander Samuel Malcolm, the son of Alexander Malcolm, the inn keeper of the now demolished Cornwall Inn Willunga and later Devonshire Arms in McLaren Vale. (information from her great grand-daughter, Dianne Spiers)

References:

Jackson K 1986 The History of St Joseph’s Old School Willunga. 1868-1882

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