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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Sacred Heart bid for Bishopscourt [

The Mercury: Sacred Heart bid for Bishopscourt [30nov05]

A CATHOLIC school wants to use the historic mansion Bishopscourt as a Year 9 campus.

Sacred Heart College plans to make minor changes to the multi heritage-listed property in Fitzroy Place, Sandy Bay.

Bishopscourt was bought from the Anglican church by Victorian Herman Rockefeller last year for more than $1.5 million.

Applications have been made to Hobart City Council and the Heritage Council for minor refurbishment to the property and demolition of the garage.

Representations are being accepted until Tuesday.

In the plans submitted to council, the co-educational Sacred Heart would move Year 9 from the school's main New Town campus to Bishopscourt.

It estimated 110 students aged 14 or 15 and five teachers would use the new site, with some visits to New Town for some science and other subjects.

The proposal presented by Ireneinc Planning says "findings indicate students in this age group respond well to a year away from the main campus as preparation for final school years."

Sacred Heart said it had done a traffic study.

Bishopscourt has a colourful history which includes a series of bishops, one of whom, P.H. Montgomery fathered Bernard, later World War II hero Field Marshall Montgomery, who spend much of his boyhood there.

Legislative Council president and controversial judge, Oxford-educated Thomas Horne, lived at the home, which includes additions by architect Henry Hunter.

The original building was estimated to be built at 1838 and additions from 1877.

From 1887 many Tasmanian bishops lived there until 2003, when Archbishop Harrower moved to a private home.

The Anglican Synod voted to put it on the market in 2003 and it was sold last year.

A public appeal in 1991 raised more than $200,000 to restore the home to its former glory.

It has four storeys including basement and attic, 17 main rooms, 10 bedrooms, four bathrooms, a separate chapel and grounds including an orchard and vegetable garden.

A conservation report done in 1992 by architect Peter C. Cripps examined its heritage significance and history, noting the combination of colonial Georgian and high Victorian, with the 1877-78 drawings for additions an "unusual understatement by Hunter".


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