Saint Joseph's Convent, Cairns

Saint Joseph's Convent, Cairns

Saint Joseph's Convent is a cherished heritage-listed establishment that holds a significant place in the region's history. Designed by the accomplished architect, civil engineer, and surveyor Edward Gregory Waters, and constructed by Wilson & Baillie from 1912 to 1914, the convent stands as a testament to the timeless beauty of its architectural design.

The convent was commissioned by the Sisters of Mercy, who had established their foundation in Cairns in 1892. Prior to the construction of Saint Joseph's Convent, the Sisters of Mercy had been operating from two earlier cottage convents. However, the vision for a new and grander convent was realized under the guidance of Bishop James Murray, who saw this project as one of his finest achievements.

The design of Saint Joseph's Convent showcases a blend of elegance and functionality. It is a two-storeyed building with a rectangular plan form, featuring a return bay on the southern corner, adding to its visual appeal. The construction was carried out using reinforced concrete, a material that has contributed to its enduring presence over the years.

One of the standout features of the convent is the wide verandah that gracefully wraps around both ground and first floor levels. This verandah not only adds a touch of charm but also offers a shaded and welcoming space for occupants and visitors to enjoy the Cairns climate.

The entrance of Saint Joseph's Convent is particularly striking, with a dominating two-storeyed entrance portico that serves as a captivating focal point. This portico, along with the gabled roofs, enhances the overall architectural character of the building, making it a prominent and iconic structure in Cairns.

The original fence along Lake Street still stands, a testament to the care taken to preserve the historical integrity of the property.
Saint Joseph's Convent is thoughtfully situated, set back from Lake Street, with a lawned area in front adorned with mature trees on each side of a single-width concrete entrance path.

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Sight Name: Saint Joseph's Convent
Sight Location: Cairns, Australia (See walking tours in Cairns)
Sight Type: Religious
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