Mary MacKillop: West Terrace Cemetery

Within West Terrace Cemetery are the graves of a number of prominent South Australians who were an important part of Mary’s time in Adelaide. Located in the Catholic section of the cemetery is Smyth Memorial Chapel. The octagonal-shaped chapel was built in as a memorial to Father John Smyth. A popular priest, Father Smyth was appointed the Vicar-General for the Diocese of Adelaide in 1866. He played a key role in the early construction of St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral and Hall. Archdeacon Patrick Russell laid the chapel’s foundation stone, and it was opened and consecrated by Bishop Laurence Sheil on 11 December 1871. Mary’s excommunication was still in effect at the time of the chapel’s opening. The graves of Father Smyth, Archdeacon Russell and Bishop Sheil are located in the chapel’s crypt.

In the nearby Jesuit section of the cemetery is the grave of Mary’s younger brother, Father Donald MacKillop. Donald arrived in Penola at the age of 13 whilst Mary was teaching at the school there. The following year, he attended school at St Aloysius College under the guidance of the Sevenhill Jesuits. Donald later entered the Order, one of the first Australians to do so. Donald and Mary were very close and supportive of one another, writing often of their work and its rewards and challenges. Donald passed away in North Adelaide on 2 February 1925.

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Smyth Memorial Chapel

Smyth Memorial Chapel

The Smyth Memorial Chapel, designed by South Australian architect E.J. Woods, is a rare example of a mortuary chapel. | Source: Image courtesy Mary MacKillop Centre, Adelaide View File Details Page

Smyth Memorial Chapel

Smyth Memorial Chapel

The chapel as it appears today. | Source: Photograph by Jessica Cronin, National Trust of South Australia View File Details Page

Early Josephites grave, West Terrace Cemetery

Early Josephites grave, West Terrace Cemetery

This headstone can be found to the right of the Smyth Memorial Chapel. The first Sister to be buried here was in 1873. | Source: Image courtesy Mary MacKillop Centre, Adelaide View File Details Page

Mary with her siblings Annie and Father Donald MacKillop in 1898

Mary with her siblings Annie and Father Donald MacKillop in 1898

Source: Image courtesy Mary MacKillop Centre, Adelaide View File Details Page

Emanuel Solomon

Emanuel Solomon

The grave of Emanuel Solomon can also be found in the West Terrace Cemetery. A leader of the city’s Jewish community, Emanuel was deeply passionate about assisting the city’s poor. He and Mary became good friends, and he provided Mary and some of the Sisters with free accommodation on Flinders Street during Mary’s excommunication. | Source: Image courtesy the State Library of South Australia, B-2767 View File Details Page

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The Adelaide City Explorer Team and Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide, “Mary MacKillop: West Terrace Cemetery,” Adelaide City Explorer, accessed June 25, 2017, http://adelaidecityexplorer.com.au/items/show/144.
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