The Abbotsford Convent stands on the site that was originally owned by the Wurrundjeri clan. Claimed to resemble a medieval town in Europe, the sisters of the Good Shepherd, who were the occupants from 1863 to 1975, ran a self-sufficient operation. Their activities included farming, piggery, lace making, and manning the commercial laundry (see bottom pics). The convent, which can house around a thousand inhabitants. was the refuge of state wards, orphans, and ‘wayward’ girls. Entry to the grounds is free, and there are social history tours that run every Sunday. Explore their creative community here.
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