Larger text size icon Smaller text size icon

Place Names Register Extract

Kieran Street

If you know of any information about this place name which does not appear in this extract, please let the Place Names Committee know by completing a submission form.

View in NT Atlas | Print Extract | Search Again

Name Kieran
Type Designation Street
Place Id 23848
Place Type Road
Status Registered
Date Registered 17 September 2010
Locality / Suburb  
Local Government Area  
  Palmerston City Council
History/Origin After Sister Kieran Doyle. Sister Kieran was born in 1871 and died in 1950. She was one of a group of five Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart who landed at Port Darwin in July 1908 and commenced the first Catholic School in the Northern Territory - St Joseph's, which was later to be renamed St Mary's.

In 1912, when Father Gsell (later to become Bishop Gsell) asked for Sisters for the Bathurst Island Mission, Sister Kieran and Sister Joseph Schapp were asked to leave Darwin and go to Bathurst Island to commence a school and assist with the care of the young girls. They brought with them seven children to form part of the initial school enrolment. Conditions were primitive and progress was slow but the Tiwi men came to trust the Sisters and with that trust came a willingness to allow the girls to attend the school and come under the care of the Sisters.

The theme, Top End Catholic Priests and Religious, was selected through consultation with Larrakia Development Corporation.

Register & Gazettal information

Date Gazettal Comment
17/09/2010 Date added to the Register
29/09/2010 NTG 39
View in NT Atlas | Print Extract | Search Again