The Sydney House

The Story of The Great Archive Tragedy of 2001

As we individually collect bits and pieces of memorabilia over the years, so too has the Order. The Archives of the Sydney House contained many items - some things of monetary value and other things valued for the priceless memories of people and places.

It was a sad and horrifying day in 2001, when the person in whose keeping The Archives of the Order were entrusted stated to us that all of those items - apart from one or two boxes - were his personal property, that we had no claim to them whatever, and there was no way hope of us ever getting them back.

The Tragedy of not only the loss of these items - our History, our Memories - coupled with the tragedy of the betrayal of one to whom this sacred trust was given, was devastating as you can imagine.

Our decision was to simply move on and start again, using those things that we have individually collected along the way that was fortunate enough not to fall into the abyss, and to hope that one day that person (whom we choose not to name) will find the honour and decency to return to the Order those archives that rightly belong to it.

As a result, our Archives - small, but gradually growing - are now always freely available (though not necessarily in strict chronological order yet!), and we are always looking for stories, photos, articles and anything that will contribute to our History. This Website is an example of our commitment to the continuing accessibility of the history of the Order.

Now a request from Sister!
If you hold, or know of someone who may have additional information or photographic evidence of the activities of the Sysney Sisters that you, or they might bewilling to share, Sister Web would love to hear from you. You can email Sister Web directly via the link at the bottom of this page, or the link on our "Contacts" page of the Website.