Melbourne News

MacKillop Family Services heritage display

Kairos, Volume 24 Issue 14

THE first heritage display of its kind in Victoria was opened on Thursday 4 July at the site of the former St Vincent de Paul’s boys’ orphanage in South Melbourne, now the central base of MacKillop Family Services.

‘At MacKillop Family Services, we believe this display will be a place of reflection to remember and honour the lives of the children and mothers of our founding agencies’ homes,’ said Grant Thomas, director of community relations, MacKillop Family Services.

Premier of Victoria Denis Napthine officially opened the display, which exhibits the history of the Catholic child-welfare system and focuses on the experiences of former residents.

A 2004 Senate inquiry on Australians who experienced institutional care as children recommended that heritage display centres be constructed on the sites of former institutions.

‘The heritage display will celebrate the former residents’ diversity of experience and will tell their stories, while bearing witness to their place in our shared history.’

The display includes items from the archives and memorabilia from former residents, such as photographs, toys, and prestigious trophies and medals.

The display will be open to the general public by appointment from 8 July.

For more information, call MacKillop Family Services on 9699 9177. www.mackillop.org.au

Photo: From left: Mgr Greg Bennet  (Vicar General), The Hon. Denis Napthine MP (Premier of Victoria) , Frank Peppard (Chairperson, MacKillop Family Services) and Micaela Cronin (CEO, MacKillop Family Services). Picture courtesy of MacKillop Family Services.