Tempe House Open Day

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Price:  Entry: A gold coin donation.
Time(s):  10.00 am – 4.00 pm Both Days.
Event type: Open Day
Heritage Category: Historic
Organiser: Australand, Ross Berry (Historian, Tempe House Estate) and Artist Pamela Griffith

Contact Details

Name: Tempe House & St Magdalene’s Chapel
Phone: 02 9562 1666
Email: Friendsoftempehouse@gmail.com
Website: www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au
Tempe House and St Magdalene’s Chapel will be open on the weekend of Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April. The St George Historical Society will be conducting talks and tours of both fully restored buildings which sit on the banks of the Cooks River.

Marrickville Heritage Society will be set up in one of the rooms, so drop by and say hi!

Tempe House is an exceptional and rare example of Neo-Classical Georgian architecture designed by leading colonial architect John Verge who was commissioned to do the work in 1831 for Sydney businessman (Alexander) Brodie Spark. Since that time the house has had a significant history. Caroline Chisholm, the renowned philanthropist who appeared on the old five dollar note, leased the house in 1863 and ran an educational establishment for young ladies on the site. (You can read more about Caroline on this post).

In 1884 Catholic nuns, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, bought the site for a women’s refuge and built St Magdalene’s Chapel.

This is the one open weekend of the year.

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