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Mary MacKillop was born to migrants Alexander and Flora MacKillop in Fitzroy, Victoria. MacKillop was educated by her father who had spent time in Rome studying for the Catholic priesthood before ill health forced him to return to Scotland. Mary was the eldest of eight children, and from the age of sixteen worked as a governess.

Sources do not give the names of her brothers and sisters.

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