Who we are

Archives and Heritage

The Archives and Heritage team manages the archival and heritage collections of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. This includes the collections of the former Sisters of Mercy congregations of Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton, Grafton, Singleton, Gunnedah, Wilcannia-Forbes, Bathurst, Goulburn, Ballarat East, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, West Perth and Papua New Guinea.

Our Mission

ISMAPNG Archives and Heritage is committed to acquiring, documenting and preserving the archival and heritage collections of the Institute so that the story of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea will continue to inform and inspire the continuing Mercy mission into the future.

The Collection

Records and objects have been selected for retention and preservation due to their administrative and historical significance and provide evidence of congregational activities, religious life and ministries from 1846 to the present day.

Our rich and diverse collection includes archival records, photographs, audiovisual material, building plans, publications, textiles, small heritage objects, furniture and artworks.


The ISMAPNG Archives are open to all external inquiries. Care leavers are always welcome to request copies of their records and we will process these applications as soon as possible. For all other external inquiries, including family history research, we are currently experiencing high volumes of requests. We thank you for your patience as we process these applications.


ISMAPNG Archives and Heritage – Sydney
PO Box 284
Petersham NSW 2049