by Janice Konstantinidis (guest author) on 10 March, 2011
In January 2010, Janice Konstantinidis returned to her former “Home”, Mount Saint Canice, Sandy Bay, Tasmania to witness its redevelopment into luxury apartments.
Janice describes her feelings returning to Mount Saint Canice:
I am walking about the grounds….a first as a free person [and then] I sat here for a long time, trying to get my mind around it all. It was so weird to be free, even at fifty nine. In all seriousness I had flashbacks and wondered if I could be made stay.
Near the windows that lead to the school room.
The Laundry used to be to the right of Janice – since demolished.
Janice with a statue of St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, founder of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Where Janice used to kneel for communion
Looking from the Nun’s section of the Chapel. This was where the organ was housed. We girls were made sit the the right, and the public to the left. ‘Never the Twain shall meet.’
The cold corridor – the walk to the chapel
Janice says, “I had never entered the chapel via this entrance previously”
A redeveloped home….All the windows on the top floor belonged to the nuns. The parlor the girls use to go to when their relatives came can be seen at the bottom on the building where the cars are.
The clock was always a feature in my mind as it had four sides and seems omniscient to me. My father used to say “You’ll go back behind the clock if you don’t watch out”
This is a view from out side the convent. The quadrangle is no longer in sight. No one could get as far as this when I lived here. Again you can see the nun’s cells and infirmary to the right – second story. Dormitories are top story to the right. The main kitchens can be seen on the bottom lower area. There is one remaining dormitory on the lower area here to the right. The farm workers used this and had access to the outside world.
This is a photo of the back of the home. You can see where the laundry area has been literally cut out of it all after the explosion. The corridor on the right which is now
This is a view from the back of the convent. The area in the immediate foreground used to be the laundry. This was cleared away some time after the boiler explosion. The rooms along the back under the clock as it were, all belonged to the nuns. Most are cells. The large building to the right are access areas to the school lower floor – out of sight, the third floor were dormitories.
This is a view taken from the back of the home. The top floor belonged to the nuns and most of the lower floor from this angle. The laundry is conspicuous by its absence. But the remains are in the foreground of the photo
All these rooms belonged to the nuns