The Sisters of Charity

The Sisters of Charity.
The year is 1847. Anchored at the wharf of Sydney Harbour and prepared for sailing to Hobart is the small square-rigger Louisa. On board are three Sisters of Charity. They arrive in Hobart Town six days later. So begins the work of the Sisters in Tasmania.
Eventually housed in the Convent behind St Joseph’s Church in Macquarie Street those early Sisters would walk up to the Cascades Female Factory along the Rivulet track to minister to the convict women.
Nowadays the Sisters of Charity maintain a presence at the Female Factory by visiting the site in memory of those early pioneer women. Live History are privileged to take this diverse group representing all aspects of the organisation’s work (and including many men) on Her Story.
Yesterday we took twenty of their group; members always learn the words to Abide With Me so they can join Mary as she sings in the Chapel. It’s a moving moment………

A Visit from the Sisters of Charity

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