“A must see for all travellers when in Broome or travelling through the Kimberley”
If you are an Australian travelling wanting to understand what it was like to live in remote Australia or an international visitor in search of insight as to how the adversity and isolation of the Kimberley was in the last 100 years then you must see it through the eyes of the Sisters of St John of God who have had a permanent presence in the region from the early 20th century to the present. Not only will you learn of the story of these remarkable women who bought the charism of their religious conviction to the isolation of this part of W.A, but you will also come to know the story of the Aboriginal people of the Kimberley with whom whose story is told in pictures, stories, song, music and video. On my visit I was amazed to see the extensive collection of memorabilia housed in the rooms of the sisters convent in a lovely garden- truly a calming and quiet place. I was aware that the collection serves also as repository for the archival information that enables Aboriginal people from all over W.A and Northern Australia to seek information about their families from a collection of over 50,000 photo’s and other records providing for connecting families (on the day I visited I was aware of a person using the collection to find information on her family). The spirit of hospitality which the sisters have been renowned for since their early Irish beginnings is ever present today with the assistance of volunteers to the museum and a good ol’ cuppa on the verandah for visitors. The entry is by donation and plan ahead to allow for at least 2 hours to view the exhibition, it is a 10 minute walk from the airport if you have a stopover in Broome and well worth the time spent. Your understanding of the Kimberley will be enhanced by time spent here - a great interpretive space and a peaceful, spiritual place too. Well done Sisters!
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