The Sisters of Saint Joseph’s will benefit from a $3,000 grant from NSW Government to contribute towards preserving the history of the sisters and the Perthville Convent Heritage Centre.
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the sisters arriving in Perthville this year, the grant will help fund an audio guided tour of the heritage listed premise at Perthville retelling its story and community importance. The Bathurst Visitor Information Centre has partnered with the sisters to create the audio and visual tour.
The audio tour will be available via the ‘Bathurst Step Beyond’ app and can be listened to in person as you wander the grounds or virtually showcasing historic photos.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the NSW Government’s grant will fund the recording of 150 years of history for locals and tourists alike to listen to and enjoy.
“I am pleased to see such a cornerstone organisation of the community be celebrated and documented so that generations to come can enjoy the grounds and learn the history of those who walked through the hallways before them especially the likes of St Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods, co-founders of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.” he said.
The Sisters of St Joseph came from Adelaide to set up a school and convent in Perthville. The convent at Perthville has been a place to call home while Sisters travelled to surrounding villages and towns to set up other schools and convents. It is also a place of peace with over 200 Sisters laid to rest in the Sister’s cemetery.