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.
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.
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 Institute Archives is currently closed to all external inquiries except those received from care leavers who are requesting copies of their records. All other inquiries will not be processed, and we invite you to contact us again when we reopen to all inquiries on the 4th of July 2022. Internal inquiries (that is, inquiries from Sisters of Mercy and ISMAPNG staff) will continue to operate as usual.
PO Box 284
Petersham NSW 2049