Growing up in Kurri Kurri in the NSW Hunter region, Pauline Randall wanted to work with Aborigines as a missionary. She has been ‘on mission’ for the past 45 years – but not where she imagined. Aurora carried her first-hand story.
I began school at Holy Spirit Primary in Kurri Kurri and then was in the first class at Mt St Joseph’s High School Cessnock, begun by the Sisters of St Joseph. I completed the Intermediate there and then spent two years at the "Doms" (St Mary’s) in Maitland to gain my Leaving Certificate.
The desire to be a missionary came directly from the mission boxes the Sisters showed us; they were called “Jacky Mite Box” – not such a good name now but that’s what they were called in the Fifties!
I wanted to work with the Pallottine Fathers who worked with Aborigines in the Northern Territory but I was too young. God works in his own ways – I doubt I would have lasted 45 years there! Too dry and hot...
I would have liked to be a teacher but I didn’t receive a scholarship after high school so for five years I worked in an accountant’s office. Mum and Dad were very supportive of my wanting to become a missionary – although initially I only signed up for three years. I have a brother, John, and a sister, Lynne – little did any of us know what my decision would mean.
At 23, I joined a group of 27 other young people under the auspices of Palms and we did a course at the Carmelite Monastery at Minto. None of us were trained – we were all young and naive! Almost all of us were sent to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and no one knew anything about the place – but ironically, it was where I was able to teach. In the ways of the time, I taught for a year then commenced teacher training in Port Moresby...
FULL STORY Woman on a mission (Aurora)