Quondong Cottage

St Patrick's, as the building was originally known, was the first catholic school in Australia to be built from private subscription. The Catholic Church acquired the land from Mary Shiel. It had a gabled hall of plastered brick. The veranda across the front was added later, as were the urns on the round-topped pilaster-buttresses. It was built in 1840 and opened on St Patrick's Day.

It remained in use as a school until 1914 when Father James Dunne opened St John's Primary School in Lindsay Street. It was then sold to Mrs Keihone who had it converted to a dwelling, and wishing to give it a truly Australian title, renamed it Quondong. It appears to be named after a Kurrajong tree at the front which was mistakenly believed to be a native Quandong tree.

Mrs Keihone sold it to her nephew William Thomas Bourke who resided there till the 1950's, after which, Cyril Segal of Wilton owned it till 1991.

The building is now home to the Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre, and holds a replica school room, featuring artefacts found from its early schooling origins.

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Nearby events

  1. Seniors Save the Date 2019

    Monday 18 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Campbelltown

    The 2019 NSW Seniors Festival “Love Your Life” is for people over 60, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50 people and over 50 that have a lifelong disability. Campbelltown City Council will be hosting a range of…

    18 Feb - 24 Feb
  2. Borrowed Scenery

    Monday 18 February 2019 to Sunday 10 March 2019 , Campbelltown

    For centuries, women have been the subjects of male artists, inserted into scenes framed by the male gaze. Borrowed Scenery explores what happens when the subjects of this gaze look back, step outside the frame, and assert their own vision…

    18 Feb - 10 Mar
  3. Notice of Motion

    Monday 18 February 2019 to Sunday 13 October 2019 , Campbelltown

    This exhibition brings together works from the Campbelltown City Council permanent collection selected by the Councillors of Campbelltown. Referencing a common phrase used by Concillors at Council Meetings, a ‘Notice of Motion’ is a…

    18 Feb - 13 Oct