Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address Portland Street PENOLA
Locality PENOLA
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Wattle Range Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Woods MacKillop Schoolhouse
Registered Name Woods MacKillop School House
Significance The Woods/MacKillop Schoolhouse is so named because it was the first school built to further the work of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, a religious teaching congregation founded in Penola in 1866 by Father Julian Tenison Woods and Mary MacKillop. The work of this congregation and the opening of this building was the beginning of a system of Catholic parochial education which has since been a feature of Australian education. The work initiated in Penola by Woods and Mackillop spread first from Penola to Adelaide in 1867 and thence to country towns in South Australia. In 1869 it spread to Queensland and in 1872 to Bathurst in NSW. The work of the Sisters has since spread to every Australian State except Tasmania and the Sisters are also working in New Zealand and Peru. The schoolhouse is a lasting monument to an educational system which, in 1866, was unique in Australia. The building also bears witness to the outstanding contributions of Woods, the devoted Catholic pastor of the South-East area and Mackillop, the educated and talented teacher. Although the building was used only for school purposes until 1885, it has since been used as a meeting room, venue for social gatherings and a Sunday School. It is now a museum commemorating the lives of Mother Mary MacKillop and Fr. Julian Tenison Woods.
Subject Index Education - Primary School; Education - Secondary School
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 04-MAR-1993
LGA Wattle Range
State Heritage ID 12701
Heritage Number 16517
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5620/475 D48900 A121


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