The Convent Daylesford…

steeped in history.

About | History

The layers of history are almost palpable when you wander through this beautiful old building. In one cell, you can see the burnt patch where a candle had fallen, and in the courtyard, at the rear of the building, a smoke room was erected in the wall, to cap a 175 ft deep ventilation shaft down to one of Daylesford’s biggest mines.


The Convent at Daylesford has had a long and interesting history, from its origins as a private residence during the gold rush era of the 1890s to its current incarnation as a magnificent art gallery, cafe, wedding venue, with decadent accommodation and exquisite gardens.

The Holy Cross Convent

The history of the Holy Cross Convent from 1891 to 1905

The Boarding School

The history of The Holy Cross Convent and Boarding School for Girls, including two world wars from 1905-1986.

Brides of Christ

The nuns of The Holy Cross Convent were holy, prayerful, hard working, caring, happy and human. 

The rise of the Convent Gallery

From when the Convent went on the market in 1988 to the present day.

Our Lady – Tina Banitska

The story of the Convent Gallery in Daylesford has been recounted so many times it’s reached legendary status.

Phone +61 3 5348 3211

Corner of Hill and Daly Streets,
Daylesford, Victoria 3460

Thursday to Monday 10am-4pm
(Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)
Gallery admission fee $5.00