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A Trip Down Memory Lane …

In last month’s edition of Just Mercy there was a lovely story about the sisters in Wilcannia Forbes.  That has led to some additional memories being shared, not only from Wilcannia, but from other locations as well. If you would like to share your memories with us, please get in touch via the link at the bottom of this page.

Fina Woollcombe RSM, Wilcannia Ministry

“One of my most pleasurable memories is when we would take the children out bush for the day. They were always more calm out there than in the classroom. They worked in the morning, often doing their work with a stick drawing in the red earth while Uncle Buddy (Kevin Bates) cooked up the BEST johnny cakes for lunch!  Then in the afternoon there might be stories from Culture or hands on lessons e.g. Building a Mia Mia or looking for emu nests and learning never to take more than one or two eggs from the nest.  I loved these days – I loved all my days in Wilcannia.”

“Another very important event in the town was when the river rose after a drought (pictured above). Once when we heard that the river was coming down towards Wilcannia many of the residents lined the dry river banks waiting for the water to arrive (photo above).  When the river rose a wonderful calm seemed to settle over the town and very many residents could be seen lining the banks, fishing. The Darling River (Paaka – Paakantji for River) is their life blood.”

Liz Callen RSM, Apollo Bay

“I recall the days when I was at Hamilton in NSW.  Every day at 5pm we had a tradition of ensuring the front gates were locked.  Without fail, those gates were locked at 5pm.  Now this, I’m sure, happened at many Convents across the country.  But the joke was that we continued to lock the gates during renovations when there wasn’t even a fence next to the gates!”

Cynthia Mulholland, Sacred Spaces Singleton

“Recently I had the opportunity to take 80 Year 3 students from the neighbouring St Catherine’s Catholic College on a tour of the Convent.  During the tour I was explaining to the children that the Sisters always mended their clothes and shoes whenever they could.  I mentioned that the Sisters didn’t rush out and buy new shoes when there was a hole in the sole, instead Sr Lucy would be asked to repair the shoes with whatever was at hand.  I added that on more than one occasion Sr Lucy repaired shoes with rubber from car tyres.  It was at that point that one little boy, put up his hand and asked in all seriousness, ‘does that mean that when the sisters walked around corners their shoes squealed like cars?’  Taking children on tours is always one of my favourite activities at the Singleton Convent.”


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