MacKillop Catholic College in Mornington, Tasmania was founded in 1994. At that time the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office approached the Christian Brothers and the Sisters of Saint Joseph to administer the College. In its inaugural year, the College was led by Br Tony Smith as principal, and Sr Louise Cotton.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph in Tasmania have a particular connection with Fr Julian Tenison Woods due to his significant ministry in the state. In fact, Fr Julian often referred to Tasmania as ‘St Joseph’s Island’.

In recognition of Fr Julian’s work as a scientist, our science labs are known as the Tenison Block. One of our six houses is also named Tenison.

Students and staff in our science department continue to be inspired by the faith, and scientific curiosity of Julian Tenison Woods.

Lachlan Marsh
Director of Catholic Identity and Ministry
MacKillop Catholic College