Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Ingrid Airlie, described the Heritage Committee’s difficult task of reducing a history that began in 1920 into six minutes! She acknowledged the Committee’s hard work and dedication to the task of preserving and honouring the history of a place that is significant in the lives of so many in Newcastle and the Hunter region. Ingrid also spoke warmly of the contribution of the Mater Graduate Nurses and the Mater Auxiliary. “We all continually promote our history and our story.”
The DVD will play continuously in a thoroughfare of the hospital, near the Pathology Museum, so many passing by will be able to catch at least a glimpse of the story.
Speaking at the launch, retired Doctor Pam Harrison recalled the friendliness of the Mater staff, and the fact that the Sisters of Mercy, who founded the hospital, “always gave Christmas presents to the staff. It put meaning into the Mater’s affirmation, ‘we care’.”
Rosemary James of the Heritage Committee described the Sisters of Mercy as the “foundation...who passed on the banner to the Little Company of Mary in 2005”.
The Committee has also restored the much-loved statue of Mary, Mother of God, to the front entrance of the Mater, and ensured that the stained glass window, the grotto, the foundation stones and the memorial tablets remain part of the place. Further acknowledgements of the hospital’s story are planned.
Colleen Canny, President of the Graduate Nurses, said, “This DVD is a tribute to all our nurses and the Mercy Sisters. It means the world to every Mater nurse, especially to have Mary’s statue overlooking all again.”
Article and photos courtesy of Tracey Edstein.
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