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One last time

Saturday, 13th January, 2018

View from above ... John Curtis is inviting the public for one last tour of the Old Convent in Lane Street. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt View from above ... John Curtis is inviting the public for one last tour of the Old Convent in Lane Street. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

As the Broken Hill Church of Christ gets ready to finish their time at the Old Convent, they are throwing open the doors for a final supper and tour.

John Curtis, one of the pastoral team at the Church of Christ, said that there had been quite a few requests for another open house.

“We’ve had many afternoon teas and suppers on the balcony over the past decade and conducted tours as part of that - they’ve always been popular.”

Mr Curtis said the history of the Old Convent is fascinating. “The Sisters of Mercy came to Broken Hill in the 1880s and originally occupied a former Mine Manager’s residence on the site before constructing the main building in three stages,” he said.

“When St. Joseph’s Convent of Mercy was opened by Bishop Dunne in 1909, the Bishop of Port Augusta was visiting and delivered the sermon for the day.

“He spoke for two hours!”

The nuns sold the convent to a group of property developers after fire destroyed the roof of the main building in October 1979. 

The site was earmarked for a private hospital but with the heritage listing, the required modifications were barred and the property was put up for sale.

The Church of Christ bought it in 1982.

“It’s been a long and gradual process of restoration and renovation,” Mr Curtis said.

“And so many people have put in so much effort over the last 36 years.”

When asked if he was sorry to be leaving the Convent, Mr Curtis responded: “It will be sad. It has been my home for the past 35 years and there are many happy memories attached to the place, but it is time for the Church to move on to something new.”

 

TOURS TODAY

The last supper and tours will run from 6.30 until 9 this evening with the last tour leaving around 7.45. Supper and a tour will cost $6.

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