Mary Mackillop real name is Mary Helen Mackillop. Mary Mackillop was born in 1842 in Melbourne but was best known for her activities in south Australia, and had 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Her parents were born in Scotland but moved to Australia. She was home schooled and was a very smart child. Mary Mackillop was the eldest child. She had to look after her family. She moved to Penola which is in south Australia. When she moved, she got a job as a teacher. Mary Mackillop taught her cousins about God and Jesus. She is now known as St Mary of the cross. She founded the sisters of Saint Joseph the sacred heart also know as “The Josephites”. She is the first and only Australian to be known by the Catholic Church as a wonderful Saint. Sadly, she died in 1909 the 8th of August at the age of 67.