Open House Melbourne

Former St Vincent de Paul's Orphanage, now home to MacKillop Family Service took part in Open House Melbourne 2017.

Former St Vincent de Paul's Orphanage building, now MacKillop Family Services building

Originally opened in 1857 as St Vincent de Paul Boys’ Orphanage, 237 Cecil St, South Melbourne now houses MacKillop Family Services. However, throughout history the building was home to some 6,000 orphans.

For the first time, MacKillop joined Open House Melbourne and to open its doors to the public on Saturday 29 July 2017.

Visitors had the chance to gain a rare insight into child institutional care throughout the 1800s and 1900s while viewing some of the heritage-listed building’s historic features, including an impressive stained glass windowed chapel. 

The site also houses a poignant heritage centre that includes photographs, artifacts, furniture and the personal stories of some who called the orphanage home.

Join us for what promises to be a memorable journey back in time.

Visit the Open House Melbourne website here.