Mary MacKillop – Australia’s First Saint.

Gabian Marin

Angela Grzegrzolka

National Library of Australia


ISBN: 9781921928192

RRP: $14.95

Publication Date: 1/10/2012

Reviewer: Cassandra Griffin

Aussie Heroes presents the story of Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint, from her birth in 1842 until her death in 1909. Her life was touched from a young age, not that Mary truly understood why. All she wanted to do was look after and provide for her growing family, especially while her Father indulged in flights and fights of fantasy.

Like many Australian children of the time, Mary set off to support her family financially, only young yet very determined and disciplined. She never discriminated who she taught, and was very stoic in the face of adversity. Where she was then asked to help establish the Australian sisterhood commonly known as the Joesphites, which in turn tested her again and again.

Marin has written a very easy to read story recounting the life of MacKillop, as accurately as that story can be told. Grzegrzolka’s illustrations complement this story beautifully.  The telling of this story is not overly religious, and is very matter of fact in manner. Students will easily understand the story and the timeline of Mary MacKillops’ life.

This book would be an excellent resource for any primary school classroom.


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