Photograph showing the 'Education Room' one of the exhibition spaces as part of the Monte Mercies Story at Stormanston House.

The Monte Mercies Story, Education Room. Photo courtesy The Mercy Mission & Heritage Centre

Stormanston House and Archives: The Monte Mercy Story

Focus Tour - Saturday 2 November

North Sydney



A new addition to Sydney Open, the historic Stormanston House in North Sydney accommodates “The Monte Mercies Story” tour.

The Sisters of Mercy, founded in 1831, is an institute for Catholic women with more than 100 schools around the world. The Sisters arrived in Sydney in 1865 under the leadership of Elizabeth McQuoin, who founded Monte Sant'Angelo Mercy College in 1875. Monte was moved to its present site in 1879, and Stormanston House, connected to the school, was built in 1907 in the Queen Anne Federation style.

The fascinating story of Elizabeth McQuoin and the Monte Mercy Sisters' ongoing community engagement has won Stormanston House the National Trust Heritage Award in 2019 in the Education & Interpretation category.

Tour experience

Visitors will be guided in small tour groups around the house by Srs Jennie Ryan, Margaret Farrell and Miriam Grech, all of whom are Sisters of Mercy and together founded the Mission and Heritage Centre in 2018. The tour will also visit the archives to discover a range of fascinating items from their collection.


Jennie Ryan, Margaret Farrell & Miriam Grech are Sisters of Mercy who together were responsible for bringing the Mission and Heritage Centre to life.

Jo Ng Murphy is archivist for the Mercy Mission and Heritage Centre and will introduce visitors to the archival collection.

Key information

Session duration

40 mins


This tour has a capacity of 18 people per session.

Visitor requirements

Please wear shoes appropriate for soft timber floors.

No eating or drinking is permitted inside the heritage centre.

No large backpacks will be permitted.

to know

  • Photography restricted
    Permission must be sought before using photographs for commercial purposes.

  • Toilets available

  • Pram friendly

  • Accessible