Past Projects

    Past Projects

    Breezeway

    The Breezeway was restored in 2009–2010 to increase access between the east and west sides of the Abbotsford Convent and it allows people to see inside the Magdalen Laundries for the first time in over a century.

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    'Keep it Green' Appeal

    Each summer, we seek community support via our annual ‘Keep it Green’ appeal to help protect the Convent’s 6.8 hectares of precious green open space, and to enable us to take important steps towards a greener future at the Convent.

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    Oratory

    The Oratory was restored in 2013 and it has been designed to be used to present music, theatre, installations, projections and immersive experiences.

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    Restore the Rotunda

    Thanks to the support of our community and our funding partner, The Copland Foundation, our heritage-listed rotunda will soon undergo urgent restoration work to secure and protect its structure from further ruin. This important piece of history will be reopened and reactivated in late Spring 2017.

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    Rosina Restored

    The Rosina Building was restored in 2009 thanks to the generosity of a number of donations. The rooms in Rosina are used by arts organisations and individuals who come here to practice and rehearse. It is also used by Bursaria for private functions and weddings.

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    Sustainability Projects

    In 2013 the Abbotsford Convent Foundation undertook a number of effective projects to make the Convent more environmentally sustainable.

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    The Solar Project

    In June 2017, the Abbotsford Convent installed its first solar energy system, after embarking on an ambitious public fundraising appeal and delivering Australia’s largest successfully-crowdfunded campaign for solar energy to date. With the generous support of the community in 2016, this important project is now a reality.

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