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“History on our door step”

SSJG Heritage Centre
Ranked #16 of 66 things to do in Broome
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: We are currently closed for the wet season for maintenance and re-curation opening on 5 February 2017 when our opening hours are 9 - 1 Mon-Fri & 10 - 1 Saturday. Groups are welcome outside these hours. Entry is by donation. Old fashioned Sisters' hospitality tea, coffee and WIFI is available on Bell Corner. Wander around the gardens at leisure. Disabled facilities on site.
Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

This exhibition is fantastic especially for those looking for knowledge about the Kimberley. It covers time from 1907 when the first nuns arrived in Beagle Bay to look after children who had been removed from their families due to the governments new policy. How they managed to survive in the heat and dust and flies in their heavy habits with no air con is just amazing. They just got on with it. The exhibit also covers healthcare including the leprosarium in Derby and lots of other communities including Balgo, Looma and Bidyadanga. There are interactive computer screens, lots and lots of photos and a comprehensive guide to make it easy for you to follow. It is a must see if you have any interest in history. A valuable learning tool. Amazing!

Thank Linda S
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

This is an exhibition which follows outlines the amazing work of the St John of God sisters since arriving in Beagle Bay north of Broome in 1907. The history plots the selfless work in the Kimberly in health care, education, orphanages and a leprosarium. It is an incredible exhibition of the indigenous history in north west Australia.

Thank Vince C
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

'Relationships Exhibition at the Old Convent' - This exhibition of early 20th century missionary work in the Kimberley's is a must. You won't believe the hardships that were endured to bring healthcare and education to this remote area.

How little we know about our history in Australia. Thank you to all the people involved in putting this historic & enlightening exhibition together.

Thank RedfernExplorers
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

A fascinating look at the history of religious orders in and around Broome. Leave yourself loads of time to explore each room and discover how, when and why they came, what they achieved, what went wrong and the challenges faced by the women who came from the other side of the world to work with the indigenous people of north west Australia. Very friendly and enthusiastic staff!

Thank Sue B
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

I love the rich history of this place. It's interesting to see how those nuns have sacrificed their own lives in order to help others who needed their help.

Thank regnurs06
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