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Historic Don Bank Museum and Mary Mackillop Museum tour
A guided tour of Don Bank Museum followed by a visit to the Mary Mackillop Museum
About this Event
Meet your National Trust guide at the entry to Don Bank Museum 6 Napier Street, North Sydney.
A one-hour guided visit to Don Bank and talk by the North Sydney Council's historian, Ian Hoskins, is included today followed by morning tea overlooking the delightful gardens at the front of the cottage.
Don Bank is an early 19th century timber slab cottage listed on the State Heritage Register. Originally a four-room dwelling named St Leonards Cottage, At the time of its construction, around 1854, the cottage enjoyed harbour views. The house underwent many renovations and by the 20th century was transformed into a substantial bungalow-style dwelling. It was owned and occupied by the White family. A display tells the story of the construction of the house and its period styles and furnishings.
From Don Bank Museum you will be accompanied by your National Trust guide to the Mary Mackillop Museum at 7 Mount Street, North Sydney. The Museum guide will lead a 90-minute tour through three galleries, Alma Cottage and the Mary Mackillop Memorial Chapel. The tour features the story of Mary Mackillop, Fr. Julian Tenison Woods and the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.
Don Bank is located about a 10-15 minute walk from North Sydney station. There is no parking on site at either location and local street parking is metered and very limited.
The Museum is housed in the original "Practice School" for novices built in the 1900's and is located on the site in which Saint Mary of the Cross Mackillop is buried. The Mary Mackillop Memorial Chapel adjacent to the Museum and is an integral part of the visitor's experience Alma Cottage, was the residence of Mary Mackillop from 1884 to her death in 1909. The home has been restored and furnished, and today provides an insight into the life of the Sisters in the late 1800's.
Cost includes morning tea & museum entry fees.
Tour Leader, Information: Jane Reynolds 0411 510 267