Daylesford past and present
  Holy Cross Convent
Location: Daly St.
The original two storey house was built for Magistrate William Drummond in the 1860s. In January 1890 it was purchased by a group of Catholics to be used as a presbytery. In 1891 it was acquired by the Presentation Sisters and extensions - including a chapel, dormitory and 65 foot bell tower - were added in the following years. The convent school closed in 1973 and in 1988 the property was sold and became the Convent Gallery.
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Opening of the Roman Catholic Convent
(The Daylesford Advocate. Tuesday March 29. 1892)

The opening service in connection with the establishment of a community of nuns in Daylesford took place on Sunday morning in the large schoolroom erected on the grounds. The building, which will hold about 300 people, was packed with a congregation and many were unable to obtain admittance. The schoolroom is a nice building, lined with pine, and well ventilated. Pending the erection of the proposed new chapel and dormitories, the altar has been placed in a recess at the end of the schoolroom; this is a beautiful work of art, and has been splendidly painted. The contractors for the whole of the work carried out are Messrs. Clayfield and Brewer, on whom it reflects great credit. The contract was, we hear, about £2075, exclusive of extras.