- 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
|Image by Laurel Horton: Source|
- Name: Tempe House & St Magdalene’s Chapel
- Phone: 02 9562 1666
- Email: Friendsoftempehouse@gmail.com
- Website: www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au
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.