Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford

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The Abbotsford Convent is located in Abbotsford, Victoria, an inner city suburb of Melbourne, Australia. The Convent is in a bend of the Yarra River west of Yarra Bend Park, with the Collingwood Children's Farm to its north and east, the river and parklands to its south and housing to its west.

During the 19th and part of the 20th century, the 6.8 hectare site was occupied by one of the largest convents in Victoria. For more than 100 years, the Abbotsford Convent provided shelter, food, education and work for tens of thousands of women and children who experienced poverty, neglect and social disadvantage.

Recognised as a place of outstanding historic value to Australia and the Commonwealth, because of the site's strong capacity to demonstrate the course and pattern of welfare provision in Australia, the convent was added to the National Heritage List on 31 August 2017.
Today the site and its buildings are used as an arts, educational and cultural hub, the grounds, historic buildings and gardens are occupied by and host artisans; community and cultural events and cultural institutions, a community classical music radio station (3MBS), a Steiner School (Sophia Mundi), live music performances, a gallery, theater, markets, bakery, bar, cafe and an organic pay-as-you-feel restaurant.

There are 11 buildings on the site; the Convent, Convent Annexe, St Euphrasia, Providence, Rosina, St Mary's, Mercator, Magdalen Laundries, Sacred Heart, Industrial School and St Anne's.
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  • We stopped by the convent for a walk around the grounds after visiting the Collingwood Children’s Farm next door. My children ages 4 and 5 were fascinated with the old buildings and learning about.....  more »
  • Enjoy the workshop there. Friendly environment. Great cafe & coffee for lunch during the break. Will visit again on Tues with my sister from Adelaide.  more »
  • Beautiful grounds, always love going for a stroll after a meal at Lentil. Kookaburras laughing their heads off down by the water, lovely gardens, people relaxing on the grass. Gorgeous.
  • A fantastic maze of heritage buildings and quirky arts and cafe spaces. Some nice areas to sit down and have a picnic in the garden, as well as boutique gift stores and cafes to explore on an overcast day. The kids farm is not far where you can see pigs, chickens, horses and goats - but the public walking trail will take you right along the side of the farm where you can see almost all the animals from a little distance for free.

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