2008

Sister Marie Agnese Redford (1915-2008)

Eileen Murray Redford was born in Tumut, New South Wales, on 31 March 1915, the second of seven children born to Clyde and Eileen (Murray) Redford, both natives of Warrnambool, Victoria. When Eileen was but thirteen years of age her father died quite suddenly leaving her mother in very frail …

Sister Carmel Downing (1926-2008)

Born in Innisfail on the Feast of St Bernardine of Siena, 20th August 1926, Carmel Mary Bernardine Downing wore her full name with great pride. She was the second child born to John Robert Downing and Bridget Mary Lyons, a …

Sister Kathleen Sheehan (1918-2008)

True to her father’s prediction of the young Kathleen, “She will be a school mistress”, Sister Kathleen Sheehan spent over 40 years in Infants’ classrooms throughout New South Wales. Her love of teaching was equalled only by her lasting devotion …

Sister Mary Colette Egan (1911-2008)

Mary Doreen Egan (known as Doreen) was born at Northcote, Victoria, on 5 September 1911, the sixth child of James and Elizabeth (Flynn) Egan. Her two brothers Thomas and Charles, and three sisters, who also became Good Samaritan Sisters – …

Sister Kathleen Finnigan (1923-2008)

When Sister Kathleen Finnigan was nominated in 2000 for the ‘Older Person of the Year Award’, her nominator found a number of ways to describe her: “a teacher for fifty-five years”, “a great love for children”, “one of the backbones …

Sister Ellen Mugavin (1912-2008)

Ellen Mugavin was born at Crossley, Western District of Victoria on 16 September 1912. She was the third child of Michael and Mary (Russell) Mugavin. their first child, Michael, died in infancy; five daughters, Mary, Ellen, Kathleen, Gertrude and Margaret …

Sister Elizabeth McGinness (1915-2008)

Elizabeth McGinness was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 31 August 1915, the third of five children born to James and Elizabeth (Donnelly) McGinness. Her early education was begun at St Paul’s School, Whiteinch, Glasgow, but by the time she was …