The ‘Corrridor Museum’ at Loreto College Ballarat was established early in the history of the school.
A Victorian ‘cabinet of curiosities’, the collection is an eclectic mix of objects some with stories and some simply mysteries.
The exhibition is a pictorial study of Loreto’s history in Ballarat. The Loreto Sisters came to Ballarat from Ireland in 1875 and from this foundation established convents and schools all around Australia.
Mary’s Mount’s first ‘uniform’ was a variety of blouses and skirts either made at home or by the sisters. The basic colour of hyacinth blue, however, was evident from the beginning.
Mother Gonzaga Barry began a teachers’ training college in Ballarat in 1884. It was one of the first tertiary training facilities for women in Australia.
Mary Mackillop and Mary Gonzaga Barry were contemporaries and their paths crossed in their pursuit of providing education for girls in Australia and leading their respective orders.
Cameos from the Archives
In our Loreto Archives we hold records of the Loreto nuns, their convents, schools and work, since their arrival in Australia in 1875. On our website we share some of these records in digital form and invite you to explore our collection.
In this series we will share some Loreto stories and invite you to explore the records and artefacts that support these stories.