The Mount Erin Heritage Centre is located in the original Mount Erin Convent which was built 1874-1876. This historic site in Wagga Wagga is where five Presentation Sisters from Ireland established a convent and school in 1876. Since then several schools have existed here, including St. Mary’s, St. Brigid’s, St. Eugene’s, Mount Erin, Trinity Senior High School, and presently Kildare Catholic College.
The Heritage Centre displays the history of the Presentation Sisters in the Riverina and beyond. A timeline, changes in dress, photographs and unique memorabilia show the Sisters’ lifestyle over the years. A harp brought from Ireland by the pioneers, and priceless lace are among the exhibits.
The story of education is told through the history of the many schools. A collection of uniforms, items, artefacts, books, and over 2,000 photographs represent many decades of school life. Many pictures of music, sport and other cultural activities over the decades create great interest.
The Mount Erin Boarding School which was opened in 1890 (and still operating today) has its own special exhibition space, which includes an original bed and chair.
The Mount Erin heritage Centre is on the Kildare Catholic College Campus, enabling students to utilise the Centre for their studies.