In 2016 Mercy Heritage Centre Perth partnered with Heritage Perth to produce an education program based on Mother Ursula Frayne. The Mercy Heritage Centre Perth is proud to be able to present this new resource for teachers and students called “The significance of the Sisters of Mercy in shaping the Swan River Colony 1829 to 1900”.
The arrival of the Irish Sisters of Mercy, led by Ursula Frayne to the small colony of Perth Western Australia, had a significant impact upon the level of education made available to its people as well as giving some gender balance to those who wielded influence in the early days of colonial settlement. Now primary school students can learn about the colony and see it from the point of view of those energetic and intrepid women who came to educate the colonists.
This program, aimed at the Year 5 HASS Western Australia and National History Curricula links allows students to learn about the role of Mother Ursula Frayne and her religious companions and their contribution to shaping the colony of Perth. It is hoped that teachers will embrace this opportunity to work with the history of the Sisters of Mercy with students.
Visit the Sisters of Mercy website to view the resources.