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Centenary celebrations for Brisbane’s Mater Hospitals

This year marks the centenary of Brisbane‘s Mater Hospitals, and as part of the celebrations, the Mercy Heritage Centre in Brisbane will host an afternoon of interesting talks on the history of Mater Health Services. Guest speakers Sister Angela Mary Doyle RSM and Helen Gregory will provide an informative backdrop for the afternoon, each drawing on different perspectives, experiences and knowledge in their presentations.


Sister Angela Mary Doyle RSM AO was appointed Administrator of Brisbane’s three Mater Public Hospitals in 1966, a position she held for 21 years. This period covered many struggles for funding, recognition and the preservation of independence. But Sister Angela Mary was a leader for these times and helped steward the Mater Hospitals to the position of strength, growth and excellence it enjoys today. Her resolute and visionary guidance helped ensure that the mission of the Sisters of Mercy in bringing health care to those who needed it most remained alive and healthy in Brisbane. Since this time, she has continued to be an active and integral member of the Mater community, first as Senior Director of Health Services (until 1993) for the Mater complex, then as Executive Director of the Mater Hospitals’ Trust (until 1997), and more recently (March 2003) as a Board Member of the Mater Hospitals’ Trust.


Helen Gregory is a professional historian and works as a consultant in Queensland history and cultural heritage conservation. She has written many commissioned histories including a history of the Queensland Law Society, a history of Maroochy Shire, a bestselling history of the Brisbane River, and numerous articles for various historical journals. Helen also lectured and tutored in Australian history at the University of Queensland, and was the Director of the Community History, Cultural Heritage Branch, Environmental Protection Agency for over four years. Helen Gregory is the author of Expressions of Mercy: Brisbane’s Mater Hospitals 1906 -2006.


When: Saturday November 18, 2006, 4:00pm for a 4:15pm start.


Admission: Suggested donation $2.50 per person. The afternoon is inclusive of talks, exhibition entry, and wine and cheese.


Please Note: No parking available on the grounds.


RSVP: by Wednesday November 15. Bookings are essential and numbers are strictly limited.


Contact Peter Connell, on (07) 3831 2252 to make your booking, or email