Mary MacKillop: Franklin Street Convent and School Wing

In November 1871, the Franklin Street Convent, Schoolroom and Chapel were transferred to the Dominican Sisters. By 1897, over 200 students were enrolled at the school, and plans began for a new wing to accommodate the growing enrolment numbers. Franklin Cottage was demolished to make way for the new structure.

Architect E.J. Woods was commissioned to design the Gothic-style wing constructed of Tapley’s Hill stone. During its construction, the building’s main entrance was moved to face Franklin Street. When the new wing opened in June 1898, it was described as “one of the finest conventual and scholastic buildings in the colony”. Today, the building is part of the St Mary’s College precinct.

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Franklin Cottage

Franklin Cottage

This northern view shows Franklin Cottage in front of the Franklin Street Convent building around 1872. | Source: Image courtesy the Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide View File Details Page

Dominican School

Dominican School

Students of the Franklin Street Dominican School, c1906 | Source: Image courtesy the State Library of South Australia, B-32318 View File Details Page

Old and new

Old and new

This image shows the 1869 and the later 1898 sections of the Convent building. | Creator: Photograph by Jessica Cronin, National Trust of South Australia View File Details Page

The Convent and Boylan buildings, St Mary's College, Franklin Street

The Convent and Boylan buildings, St Mary's College, Franklin Street

Creator: Photograph by Jessica Cronin, National Trust of South Australia View File Details Page

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The Adelaide City Explorer Team and Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide, “Mary MacKillop: Franklin Street Convent and School Wing,” Adelaide City Explorer, accessed June 25, 2017, http://adelaidecityexplorer.com.au/items/show/139.
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