Sister Anne Gregory
1932 – 2011
Anne Gregory enrolled as a first year student at St Aloysius College in 1945. She completed her Intermediate year in 1947. In 1950, Anne entered the Convent of Mercy. Her career as a Sister of Mercy was largely centred upon assisting women and their children suffering from the effects of isolation, poverty, and sometimes violence and alcoholism.
In late 1975 and during 1976, Anne, with experience not only in teaching, but also in community development and social work, was part of a Remote and Isolated Children’s Project. Anne, together with a nurse, was based in Port Augusta and travelled along the East-West line as far as Hughes. The two women provided health services and helped the mothers to establish play groups for their small children.
In 1977, Anne became supervisor of the Para District Women’s Shelter and remained in this position until 1983. During this period in 1981, Anne received a Commonwealth Scholarship to research women’s shelters overseas.