St Mary's marks 150 years

GOOD TIMES: Dorothy Benson and Mary Smith enjoy themselves at the St Mary’s Sesquicentenary high tea.
GOOD TIMES: Dorothy Benson and Mary Smith enjoy themselves at the St Mary’s Sesquicentenary high tea. Sarah Harvey

GENERATIONS of past and present St Mary's pupils and teachers were reunited on Saturday to celebrate 150 years of Mercy education in Ipswich.

The school's oldest surviving student, Myrtle Thomson, who attended St Mary's in 1926, joined Sisters of Mercy nuns for a sesquicentenary high tea and vintage fashion parade held at the primary school's hall.

The event, which hosted more than 185 current and former teachers and students, coincided with Catholic Education Week commemorated last week.

Organiser Maria Portas said the celebrations were heralded as "a true success" by all who attended.

"Past friends were reunited after many years," she said.

Old acquaintances were renewed and further memories sparked as a slide show of photographs from the past 150 years at St Mary's was displayed.

Current students and teachers modelled a collection of traditionally inspired gowns created by Erin Cook whose business, Repeated Originals, specialises in creating outfits from a different era.

Mrs Portas said the high tea was the culmination of a series of celebrations commemorating the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in 1863.

The nuns had sailed up the Brisbane River to deliver Catholic education to children from Ipswich and surrounding areas.

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