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History of St Mary’s College Gunnedah launched


St Mary’s College Gunnedah and the Gunnedah Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy are the joint publishers of the newly-launched book, St Mary’s College Gunnedah: A Profile of the First Hundred Years 1879-1979. Written by Gunnedah Sister of Mercy, Judith Carney MBE (pictured below), the book was launched on June 5 by Mrs Robin Rasmussen, longest serving teacher at the College. The book outlines some of the significant events in the life of a Mercy High School in Gunnedah, NSW.


 


Days after their arrival in Gunnedah, on January 3, 1879, the pioneer Sisters of Mercy from Singleton established “a select High School with an enrolment of fifteen pupils” in their small convent. A century later the enrolment at St Mary’s College exceeded 400 students.


 


St Mary’s College Gunnedah and the Gunnedah Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy are the joint publishers of the newly-launched book, St Mary’s College Gunnedah: A Profile of the First Hundred Years 1879-1979.


 


Mr Tony Moran, Principal of St Mary’s College in Gunnedah, initiated the project to record as much of the history of the first hundred years of the life of the College for which there were available records. He suggested that Sister Judith Carney write “the story” of St Mary’s to help students make meaning of “a Mercy school”.


 


Mrs Robin Rasmussen, describing the book as “a family history… linked to the sense of belonging that a good school like St Mary’s brings to those connected with it”, congratulated Judith on her writing of “a very readable, very enjoyable history”.


 


The closing lines of the Foreword encapsulate the spirit in which the history is written:


 


Perhaps the courage of the pioneers in times of adversity, and also their achievement of “˜new glories’, may encourage present-day, and future, students to discern that virtue really is “˜the way of life’. Perhaps they will be inspired to embrace the vision of Catherine McAuley who set no limits to compassion: “we should be the kindest people on earth with the tenderest pity and compassion for the poor”. (Familiar Instructions of Catherine McAuley)


 


St Mary’s College Gunnedah: A Profile of the First Hundred Years 1879 – 1979 can be purchased from St Mary’s College PO Box 730, Gunnedah NSW 2380, Ph: (02) 6742 2124 at a cost of $10 (plus postage).


 


From: Deidre Perrem (Local Communications Facilitator, Gunnedah)