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Dedicated to the memory of Saint Mary Mackillop and Father Tennyson Woods.
The simple living room in the Josephite Schoolhouse at Penola, South Australia, to which Mary Mackillop and her sister Annie moved their classroom in 1867. They had previously shared a six stall stable with their students and two horses.
The custom-built, stone St Joseph’s schoolhouse was commissioned in 1866 by Father Tennyson Woods, who had arranged a building loan through the National Bank of Australia with five parishioners acting as guarantors. A local parent, Thomas Artaud, drew up plans; tenders were called; and a local builder, James Stark, won the contract for £290.
Mary and her sister Annie finally moved into the commodious, light-filled schoolhouse with their excited pupils before the 11 June 1867 examination, after which she had to leave for Adelaide, returning briefly in April 1868 to help Sisters Teresa McDonald and Agnes Smith settle in.
Sisters of St Joseph taught and lived in the schoolhouse until 1871, they returned to Penola from 1875 to 1885, and again in 1889.
Since its restoration in 1989, the building has been open as a museum as part of the Mary Mackillop Penola Centre. Mary Mackillop was canonised as Ausatralia’s first Saint.
The Woods MacKillop Schoolhouse has long been officially recognised at the national and state levels as a heritage building:
National Estate – Australian Heritage Commission (item number 3/11/174/0022) State Heritage Register (item number 7023-12701)
Taken with Pentax k-r on 19 October 2011 at Penola, South Australia.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Adjustments to lighting and sepia filter added in PSE 9.
Texture = Kim Klassen “Grungedup”