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Sr. Oliver Deering (Maureen Deering)
Sister Oliver (Maureen Deering) was born in Wicklow, Ireland, in 1901. She joined the Main Convent (originally known as the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, CHIJ) in Ipoh, in 1922. She was responsible for setting up the Science Labs in the Main Convent, back in 1947. Our donor - Carmel, the grandniece of Sr. Oliver - told us that Auntie Maureen spoke "fondly of Mother Victoire" and mentioned a Sr. Agnes (also known as Elizabeth Dourado). On Sr. Oliver's first visit home to Ireland around 1949 - which was a 6-week boat journey - she talked about an Irish La Salle Brother at the Main Convent, during her early years there. Sr. Oliver retired to Ireland in 1975.
She passed away in Dublin back in 1989/1990. She was knocked down by a motorcyclist and succumbed to her injuries ten days after the accident. Our donor recalls her grandaunt's 5-yearly visits home where she talked about the Japanese Occupation; Carmel's grandmother was also mentioned the family's concern for Auntie Maureen's safety.
The first picture shows Sr. Oliver, when she was a nun at the HIJ Convent. The second picture shows some children at the school; in Sr. Oliver's own words (written on the back of the picture) "These are our little ones. That's me in the front."