Who we are

Archives and Heritage Collection and Team

The Archives and Heritage group 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 and West Perth as well as 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.

Our Heritage Centre in Singleton houses parts of the collection and is a place to learn more about the Mercy story, ministries and traditions.


Due to a scheduled relocation of all the Archives and Heritage collections of the Institute, the ISMAPNG Archives is currently closed to all external inquiries, except enquiries relating to time in care. Any external enquiries, except enquiries relating to time in care, will not be processed from this time.

We continue to welcome enquiries relating to time in care during this change over period. If your enquiry relates to time in care, we will respond to you as soon as we can.

The ISMAPNG Archives and Heritage collection will reopen to all external enquiries in March 2020. If yours is an external enquiry, other than enquiry relating to time in care, we invite you to contact us again at that time.

Internal enquiries (that is, enquiries from Sisters of Mercy and ISMAPNG staff) will continue to operate as usual. If your enquiry is internal, the Archives and Heritage team will respond to you as soon as we can.

ISMAPNG Archives and Heritage – Sydney
PO Box 284
Petersham NSW 2049
Phone: 02 9572 5400
ISMAPNG Archives and Heritage – Community South C in Alphington, VIC
Southern Administration Centre
720 Heidelberg Road
PO Box 5067
Alphington VIC 3078
Phone: 03 9499 1577
Email: archivesmelbourne@ismapng.org.au