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Good Shepherd Home (former)


This former Good Shepherd Home was constructed in 1931 for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and comprised a convent, girls’ home, and by 1932, a commercial laundry. The land surrounding the Home enjoyed a range of market and vegetable gardens and farm animals while the main building comprised a refectory, theatre/hall, chapel, recreation rooms and bakehouse. Extensive and expensive additions and extensions to the site were completed in 1955. The Home was later renamed the Mt. Maria Training School, however it eventually closed in 1974 due to a lack of funding. In 1978, the building was reopened as part of Mt. Maria Senior College while the commercial laundry continues to operate separate to the school.


  • a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history

    as evidence of the presence of religious institutional care for girls in Brisbane in the twentieth century which highlights now outdated societal ideals.

  • e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance

    as an imposing brick Romanesque style building that makes a strong aesthetic contribution to the grounds of Mt Maria Senior College.

  • h) It has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in the City's or local area's history

    as an example of the institutional work of architects Hennessy, Hennessy & Co.

Place details
Mt. Maria Training School
At 48 Prospect Road , MITCHELTON, 4053
Categories: Ritual - Religious Order
People - Welfare
Industry - Manufacturing
Event(s): Constructed in 1931
Period(s): Interwar (1919-1939)
Style(s): Interwar - Romanesque
Fabric component(s): Walls - Masonry - Face brick
People involved: Architect - Hennessy, Hennessy and Co.
Builder - S.S Carrick
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Good Shepherd Home (former)

(Last updated - 28 Jun 2012)

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NOTE: The purpose of this report is to provide a general reference source of information about the main historical and descriptive features that contribute to the cultural significance of the heritage place. It is based on available evidence and may be re-assessed if further information becomes available. It is NOT an official report and does not in any way replace the official Heritage Register entry, which can be viewed in the City Plan. A qualified practitioner should undertake a thorough conservation study of the heritage place before any action is taken which may affect its significance as a heritage listed place. For further information please phone Council on 3403 8888.

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