14th May 1907 – born in Bective, County Meath, Ireland.  First daughter of James Mangan and Mary Brady/Ennis.

1911 Census – Age 3.  Resident in Kilcooly, County Meath. Recorded with her parents, half brother Joseph and siblings Edmund and Johanna Frances.

27th October 1927 – departed Tilbury Docks, London headed for Sydney, Australia on board the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co’s shipBallarat’, captained by Captain John W Parker.  Mary sailed with sixteen other young Irish women to enter the Rockhampton Sisters of Mercy (23rd December 1927). *

Molly and Frances Mangan - 1927
Molly and Frances Mangan – 1927

15th August 1928 – With all the other members of the group, Mary received the habit and was known as Sr Mary Norbert. It is unclear whether she chose this name or was given it. *

15th August 1930 – There is a lengthy article in the The Catholic Press, Sydney dated 4th September 1930 about the Profession Ceremony.  Sister M Norbert was professed at The Range Convent in Queensland.

1930 – Residence is Fitzroy, Capricornia, Queensland, Australia.

1932-1933 – Taught in St Joseph’s Home, Neerkol. *

15th August 1933 – Final Profession. *

1934-1942 – Taught in Balcardine. *

1936 – Residence is Barcaldine, Kennedy, Queensland, Australia.

14th April 1944 – Age 38, died in Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Cause of death is given as TB, which she had suffered from for 5 years.  The death was registered by Sister Mary de Salle Costello (no relation), Sister of Mercy, Convent of Mercy, The Range, Rockhampton and Sister M Jarlath Lardner (sp?), Matron of the hospital.

15th April 1944 – buried in North Rockhampton Cemetery, Norman Gardens, Rockhampton Region, Queensland, Australia.  Plot: Sec 5 Row 9 Grave No 1906.


* Information provided by Sr Joanne Molloy, Sisters of Mercy Archivist.

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