The Convent Daylesford…

steeped in history.

About | History

The Convent building is steeped in history. It can be felt in every room, in all the hallways, up and down the old wooden staircases.  It seeps through the walls and up through the original Baltic pine floors. Sometimes there is even a sense that you are being “watched”.

The house on Wombat Hill

The house on Wombat Hill in Daylesford has had a long and interesting history.
It was built during the gold rush era of the 1860s as a private residence for the gold warden, James Daly.  

The Holy Cross Convent

In 1891 Archbishop Carr envisioned a “source of light and edification” for the community of Daylesford, thus announced the imminent arrival of the Presentation Sisters to set up a convent & boarding school.

Brides of Christ

“The Presentation Sisters were great educators, so we all got a good education.  They were strong women, thus good role models for us girls.”    
– Bernadette Cleary (Boarder, 1950s).

the Convent Gallery

“My vision was to maintain the integrity of the historic building, making it more than just a place to hang paintings.”  –  Tina Banitska

Our Lady – Tina Banitska

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

Phone +613 5348 3211

7 Daly Street Daylesford 3460
Victoria Australia

Thursday to Monday 10am-4pm
(Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)

Gallery admission:
Adult: $10, Concession: $8,  U12: $5 and U5: free.


The Convent acknowledges the traditional owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung people, on whose land we meet, share & work.
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present & emerging.