Mary Glowrey Museum

Educational Resources
  • Senior Primary Students’ Learning Focus

  • Secondary Students' Learning Focus  (scroll down)

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Senior Primary School Students' Learning Focus

To provide students with an experience that may capture their attention, stimulate their curiosity and provide insight into:
1. the life and legacy of Mary Glowrey
2. Catholic heritage, community and beliefs (past, present). 

What will we ask the students to do during their visit? 
Explore, observe, identify, share, ask questions, evaluate, make connections

Key Questions: 
Pre visit:

  • What do we currently know about Mary Glowrey?
  • Why might a Museum be developed to share her life story?

View: Who was Mary Glowrey?  

What questions do we have about Mary Glowrey?
What don’t we know? How can we find out?
What can we do to make the most of our opportunity when visiting the museum? 
What is a mission? A missionary? A saint?

Share student and staff questions/wonderings with Museum staff (up to two days before your visit). 

Tuning in: contact the Museum for information about our digital Tuning In session.


During the Museum visit:

Led by Museum staff, a chance to engage in the story of Mary Glowrey in an inquiry-based setting.
Wonderings from classes will be incorporated into the presentation.

Post visit: (Reflection - making connections)

  • How would you describe Mary Glowrey to someone who had never heard of her?
  • Give an example of a story, photo or artifact through which you learnt something about Mary Glowrey’s life, and what you learnt.

Making Connections - back in your community 

  • Can you see any similarities or connections between your school’s values or Vision and Mission and the principles that guided Mary Glowrey’s life?
  • In what ways do you think Mary was a leader? Compare what you know about her life story with that of other community leaders.
  • Choose a person who had a positive effect on Mary Glowrey’s life. Describe them and their role in her life. Can you describe someone in your own life who has enabled you to do something? 

Suggested Activities Post Visit: 

  • Make a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting Mary Glowrey with another  person who dedicated their life to God. 
  • Mary Glowrey is a Servant of God. Research and prepare an information report on any other Australians who have also been called a Servant of God. What do they have in common with Mary Glowrey? What is unique? Don't foget to list your sources of information.
  • Record an interview with a classmate about their learning and reflections on Mary Glowrey. Include sources of information.
  • Make a timeline showing key events in Mary Glowrey’s life and other historical events in Australia and India.
  • Make a mindmap of Mary Glowrey's life using words and diagrams to show different key aspects


Mary Glowrey Museum
Secondary Students’ Learning Focus 

To support students to identify the significance of Mary Glowrey’s life, mission and legacy in the context of the Australian and universal Catholic Church during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

What will we ask students to do during their visit:

Listen, explore, identify, discuss, ask questions, wonder, evaluate, justify, make connections

Prior knowledge needed before visit: 

Awareness of the basic components and personalities of the Catholic Community in Australia/Victoria during the early decades of the twentieth century is an advantage but not necessary.

An understanding of Catholic terms that could be useful: clergy, parishioners, Archbishop, religious Sisters and Brothers, Archdiocese, mission, vocation, parish and diocese.

During the visit:

Students will have the opportunity to learn about and engage with Mary Glowrey’s life and legacy in an inquiry-based session that is led by Museum staff. Presentations can support particular curriculum needs. Contact the Museum staff to discuss when planning a visit.

Post visit - suggested discussion points: 

How would you describe Mary Glowrey to someone who has never heard of her? What information or evidence supports this? (What is your source?)

What were some of the significant choices Mary Glowrey made when she lived in Australia and in India? List some of these choices and their impact on her live and on others’ lives.

Following your visit to the Museum and Cathedral Hall, what do you now know about Catholic society in Victoria in the early twentieth century?

How did Mary Glowrey model leadership? Identify how Mary’s leadership was similar or different to another leader you know. Give an example.

Identify some of the challenges Mary Glowrey faced at different points in her life. How did she respond and what was the result? Who or what supported her response?

How would you describe Mary Glowrey’s Catholic faith? How did she practice and express her faith? Give examples.

What is Mary Glowrey’s legacy? Explain with examples.


Design the opening scene of a film about Mary Glowrey’s life: set, people, script, direction, date, time, music. How would you ideally like an audience to respond? Which actors or types might you consider casting and why? Cite any films/scenes you have seen that influence or provide an example of your choices. Explain your decisions to another person/group. Ask for feedback.

Prepare a timeline of Mary Glowrey’s time in Australia. Include key events in her life and the wider community, as well as personnel and practices in the Catholic Church, that had an impact on Mary's life.

Read the summaries for Twenty-five of the best  (Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools – MACS- ReSource).

  • Write an entry for Mary Glowrey or
  • compare and contrast Mary Glowrey with another person listed

Mary Glowrey is recognised as a Servant of God by the Catholic Church. Explain what this means. Research if any other Australians have been named Servants of God.


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