Tucked away in the heart of Wagga, is a treasure trove of history.
Earlier this year, the Mount Erin Heritage Centre was opened after years of hard work, Sister Barbara Webber said.
“It has been a dream of many people that we would establish the centre to honour the first five Sisters that came in 1874 and began this wonderful story that will continue on for many years to come,” she said.
“We were aware that we Sisters are getting older and we didn’t want this story to be lost so together with some wonderful volunteers we formed a committee and have been working since 2013.
“Far from finished, we are about to embark on the room that will tell the stories of the seven schools.”
The Sisters and the volunteers have pieced together hundreds of years of history to tell the stories of the past.
Sister Barbara said it all began in 1718, with the birth of Irish woman Nano Nagle who later founded The Presentation Sisters.
“From that, they were asked to bring Sisters to Wagga, a small town of around 2500 people,” she said.
“They lived in a presbytery, then the people built the convent here which was finished in 1876 and they moved in there.
“She was an incredible woman.”
The centre is also honouring the 300th anniversary of Nano Nagle’s death.
Sue Todd said one item in the museum, tells the story of the first Australian Postulant to enter Mount Erin, Sister Angela Treacy.
“Her parents gave us a clock to mark the occasion and it’s still going,” she said.
Ms Todd said they are a brand new museum embarking on a journey.
“People will be able to look at where their mothers went to school,” she said.
“We still have a long way to go to the finish.”
Ms Todd said one of the artifacts includes a sample book from a student in the 1880s, Mary Rose Ferry.
“She was a student at the school and it’s interesting to see the sorts of subjects they used to do,” she said.
“Her relatives donated this to us.”
Other items include a parlour chair from 1906, a harp and a bridal gown from Postulate Sister Pierre Rava.
Ms Todd said the next items on the agenda, are to replicate the school room and boarding rooms.
The Mount Erin Heritage Centre is hosting an open day on September 8, from 10am until 2pm. Both Ms Todd and Sister Barbara encourage the community to come take a peak at the centuries past.
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