Heritage Trail

Fairview and Cluny Green

The 9200-square-metre site at the corner of Sackville Street and Daniell Place was acquired by Carey in 2002, and has provided space for classrooms and administration, as well as playspaces and sport and PE facilities.

Fairview and Cluny Green
Fairview and Cluny Green

The purchase of ‘Fairview’ at 34 Wrixon Street in 2006 was a huge boost to the School’s sense of long-term viability at the Kew site.

Carey had always been keen to buy it. Used by the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny since the 1950s to provide residential aged care services, the large property of 9200 square metres extended to the corner of Sackville Street. The Sisters opened negotiations with the School Board in 2002 when they decided to move the aged care services to new facilities in Clayton. Its purchase was announced in 2003 and settlement completed in 2006. The smaller buildings were demolished and a large open plan oval space created. Named Cluny Green, it doubled the playground space for Junior School Kew children, and has been used by them at playtimes, lunchtimes and for sport and PE. In 2017, a large section of the carpark was converted to a basketball court and a new playground was installed on the far side of Cluny Green.

Fairview was remodelled and is now used for art, after-school care, the learning skills unit, music rooms and the Carey Swap Shop. Along the east side of the building, a produce garden maintained by our Year 3 students provides fruits and vegetables for the Kitchen Garden program in Junior School Kew.

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'The Cluny Convent' in 1988 (Kew Historical Society)
'The Cluny Convent' in 1988 (Kew Historical Society)
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'The Cluny Convent' in 1988 (Kew Historical Society)
'The Cluny Convent' in 1988 (Kew Historical Society)

Fun facts

Cluny’s original stables still stand near the Sackville Street entrance and are today used by the Carey Maintenance team.

‘Enlisted by Ross Teele, I delivered newspapers in the area one summer in the late 1940s, collected all the regular boys’ Christmas tips without a twinge of conscience, and was duly respectful of the vast St Bernard dog who symbolised the French Benedictine monk, Bernard of Cluny.’

– Tony McCutcheon, School Captain (1951)

Fairview and Cluny Green today

This is a stop on Carey's Heritage Trail.

Learn about the Heritage Trail here.

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