Sunday, June 13, 2021

The freedom of the press still furnishes that check upon government which no constitution has ever been able to provide – Chicago Tribune.

Tags Myrtle McDonald

Tag: Myrtle McDonald

'Looking after children was her life's chosen job'

Ronda Ross was a little girl of about six when she arrived at St Mary's
Children's Home in Alice Springs. She remembers getting out of a taxi
with her older brother and sister, Clive and Fay, and being immediately
surrounded by a swarm of other children. Then she heard a voice saying,
"Stand back, children, let her breathe!"
It was a "beautiful, gentle voice – always". It belonged to Sister Eileen Heath, who has passed away just short of her 106th birthday at the end of November. Ronda last saw her in Perth when she was celebrating her 104th. Mrs Ross tells KIERAN FINNANE how she remembers a great Central Australian.

Pictured: 'Belles' of St Mary's (married names in brackets, if known) from left, Sister Eileen Heath, Ronda's sister Fay Andrew (Hampton), Shirley Dixon (Stuart), Ruth Forrester (Swan), Rosalie Kunoth (Kunoth-Monks). Next to Rosalie in the back row are Wendy Bourke (Espie), Doris Branson (Campbell), Eileen, or possibly Ivy Foster peeping from behind the garland, and Mona Bathern.  There are three little girls in shadow next to Rosalie and then in front, Marie Liddle (Palmer), Peggy Foster and Patsy Clements (McDonald). Standing in Front of the Dodge is Mrs Lillian Schroder, who travelled with Sister Eileen and helped her in her work. Photograph courtesy St Mary's Children Home.

Above right: Peggy Jones and Ronda Ross (right) with Sister Eileen at her 100th birthday celebration.

- Advertisment -

Most Read

Toby Price in a truck fastest in Finke prologue

By OSCAR PERRI Racing at Finke began in earnest today as competitors faced off in the prologue, competing to be first off the line in...

Douglas Lockwood: World news made in the Territory

PART TWO by JOHN P McD SMITH Territory Journalist Douglas Lockwood’s second scoop he described as "world-shattering".   It had the suspense of a spy-thriller, the tensions of...

Council green waste: Operation successful but patient critical

By OSCAR PERRI Alice Springs Town Council will not be looking further into saving green waste from being dumped in landfill until council pens a...

Netball: Wests withdraw from A Grade

By STEVE MENZIES Wests Netball Club has withdrawn its team from the KFC A Grade Netball competition. This leaves only two teams – Federal Club Eastside...