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Thy Neighbours Convent

March 13, 2014

Visitors to Melbourne really have to get involved. We don’t have high profile attractions for posing in front of, participation is required here. The Abbotsford Convent is a great example of a Melbourne attraction you might consider making time for. Four nuns from the Order of the Good Shepherd first established the convent back in 1863 where they could care for women in need. In 1975 they sold the land back to the government.


The Convent would have ended as apartments but a lengthy community campaign saw it returned to the public. The 'Convent Coalition,' as they were known, wanted to transform the site to a community centre for arts, education and culture. Today that’s pretty much what you’d call it with the largest resident artist community in Australia. They host farmers markets and festivals and the Collingwood Children’s Farm has some very handsome goats. 


If you were to go this evening, you would be treated to a showing of Hairspray, the John Waters original. We’ve mentioned The Shadow Electric a few times before, the open-air cinema hosted in one of the convent courtyards. Go down and have a drink, meet some friendly locals and be a part of this latest chapter in the history of a Melbourne icon. 


For a full schedule of whats on at The Convent, click here.

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