Donated by Michael Sullivan

Donated tea cups from Michael Sullivan include this commemorative tea cup that tells the story of a significant house in the Brisbane suburb of Toowong.

Known as Mount St Mary's Convent (Goldicott), this concrete house was erected in 1885 for engineer Charles Lambert Depree and his family, using a construction method patented by Depree in Queensland in November 1871.

Goldicott was Brisbane's first poured concrete house, constructed in the monolithic, or one stone, process, using Depree's patented system of movable formwork and apparently built to his design.

Goldicott remained the property of the Depree family until 1902, when it was purchased by the Sisters of Mercy. The Sisters were to staff a new parish school to be established in nearby Holland Street, Toowong, and were seeking conveniently located accommodation. They took up residence in Goldicott, which was renamed Mount St Mary's Convent, in 1903.

This tea cup marked the centenary of Mount St Mary's Convent in 2002.

Churchill Pottery
One of the oldest English potteries for normal household pottery (as opposed to Royal Doulton, etc), Churchill Pottery, realised the description of their pottery was 'china' – after the country from which they were based (and from where good tea was important), so they put out their 'blue willow' series – similar to what was available in China.

This cup was found under a 'workers' cottage' in West End in the 1990s. No saucer was found with it

Parliament House
From its opening in 1927, Parliament House, Canberra, had the Australian Coat of Arms – for most of the time – on its cups and saucers. Coffee was not served until after World War II. Originally in black only, it has been in colour for many decades. This tea cup is a current version.

Mother Catherine McAuley final words on a good cup of tea
"Will you tell the Sisters to get a good cup of tea - I think the community room would be a good place - when I am gone and to comfort one another - but God will comfort them."
From letter of Sr Mary Vincent Whitty to Mother Mary Cecilia Marmion about Mother Catherine McAuley's words shortly before she died 11 November 1841.