NEWS CENTRE

A Snapshot of the Bathurst Archives

This Album, located within the Bathurst Archives, was sent to the Foundress of the Bathurst Congregation, Mother M. Ignatius Croke in December 1883, from her sister Mother M. Joseph Croke, who was the Mother General of the Charleville Congregation (Ireland). This gift illustrates the strong bond between the sisters and their congregations.

 

Figure 1: Cover of Album

 

The page below reads:

To my fondly attached and highly esteemed Sister – Mother Mary Ignatius Croke, from her fondly and faithfully devoted Sister, M.J. Croke.

Convent of Mercy

Saint Joseph’s

Charleville

Dec 20th 1883

 

Figure 2: Inscription from Album

 

Figure 3 below is a print of Mother Catherine McAuley, whist figure 4 is a photograph of the Most Reverend Doctor Croke, brother of the Croke sisters, who was Archbishop of Cashel.

 

Figure 3: Mother Catherine McAuley

 

Figure 4: Most Reverend Doctor Croke

 

The remainder of the album holds general scenes of Ireland and Rome. This gift represents family ties and modes of communication between siblings and early Sisters of Mercy in the 19th century from Ireland and Australia.

 

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