The history of the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane is beautifully preserved in a unique cultural landmark

Brisbane’s historical and beautiful Mercy Heritage Centre, All Hallows School, at the Valley end of Ann Street is one of only a few Mercy museums in the world.

The Heritage Centre celebrates the life and works of the Brisbane order of nuns who contributed so much to the development of essential nursing and educational services in Queensland and beyond.

The Mercy Heritage Centre is a social history museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane through interactive and educational exhibitions, demonstrations and guided tours as well as research projects and publications. Situated within historic All Hallows Catholic Convent and overlooking the Brisbane River and Story Bridge, this is a unique cultural heritage setting.The Sisters rose from humble beginnings and within two years of arriving in Brisbane in 1861, All Hallows’ Convent was “mother house’’ to the rapidly growing congregation.

Museum visitor services assistant and Brisbane history enthusiast Nicole Schellback proudly takes free tours through the rooms every Tuesday an Wednesday. Formerly caretaker at Miegunyah in Jordan Tce Bowen Hills, home of the Queensland Historical Womens Association, Nicole creates public programs to promote the Mercy Centre, which opened in 2010.

“The Centre has been developing new exhibitions inspired by the pioneering Irish Sisters who travelled so far to establish their presence in the new colony of Queensland,” she says.

It has retained much of the convent layout and most of the 26 beautifully curated exhibitions are contained within original rooms, interpreting events and activities which took place therein.

“This includes many interesting, and often surprising, aspects of convent life such as novice training, devotional practices, travel stories of Sisters sent to distant ministries, as well as many personal accounts of their own experiences,’’ Nicole says. ph 3831 2252.