St Mary MacKillop’s gravesite cross to be auctioned

Surprise discovery

An ornate cast-iron cross that once sat atop Mary MacKillop’s gravesite in Sydney will go on the market for the first time since her canonisation as Australia’s first saint in 2010, reports The Australian. 

The 168-cm cross, adorned with carved flowers and the letters “MM,” has been in the private collection of Adelaide art auctioneer Jim Elder since 1972, when he unknowingly bought it and her gravestone at auction.

Mr Elder thought the items were merely decorative. He put the cross in his mother’s garden and used the marble headstone as a base for a sculpture in his shop.

The headstone and unrelated sculpture were sold to Adelaide collector David Roche in 1973. Its true significance was discovered by his gardener in the mid-1990s. Mr Roche then informed Mr Elder of the find. Now, Mr Elder is ready to part with the cross.

FULL STORY Mary MacKillop’s cross to go on sale (The Australian)

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