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How do we decide the gift we will give to a special friend on their significant anniversary? The Dominican communities of Eastern Australia were pondering this in 1945. Mother Mary Gonsalvo Byrne was professed in Maitland in 1895. She had been Mistresses of Novices, Prioress General and in 1945 was Prioress of the Siena Convent. For her Golden Jubilee, the students of Siena and St Dominic’s presented her with a diary of Siena Convent since 1926. The list of other gifts from Dominican communities presents an interesting snapshot of social history. Some of the gifts included a handmade lace table centre and doilies, a silver fruit dish, a Shelley jam dish, a silver mustard pot and casters and an encyclopaedia of furniture.

Mother Gonsalvo was much loved by the Siena Community. After she died in 1951, the past students erected a crucifix, in her memory, in the gardens outside the Convent. 

Calling all Siena Alumnae

This issue we are looking for information. We have several of these hats in archives but not one photograph of the hat being worn.  We are unsure of the exact dates when it was in use but our best guess is between 1998 to 2013 and we believe it was an optional item of uniform.  If you can shed any light on the mystery please let us know at

Maureen McAuley and Maria Ang
College Archivists

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