"A convent was established by two of the Sisters of Ste. Anne on October 25, 1865, in a house purchased from John Corcoran. This was short-lived as the building burned to the ground on December 22 of the same year. Alexander Daly had an unused log house nearby on 6th Avenue and offered it to the nuns for their use until a new residence could be found or built. Unfortunately, this building was in very poor condition and when the Bishop visited he was so upset by the living conditions he sent the Sisters and their fifteen female students to the convent in St-Jacques to await the construction of a new convent. This was soon built and on February 4, 1867, the Sisters and their girls returned to Rawdon. In 1878 a new wing was added and twelve years later another storey was built. In 1902, a third storey, as well as an annex, were added to house the ten nuns and their 125 students. In 1921 another and final addition was made to the convent and the exterior was covered in red brick replacing the original clapboard siding.
St. Anne Convent had an excellent reputation for graduating bilingual students with the highest quality of education. In 1938, the Sisters offered a commercial course, as well. Girls were drawn from all parts of the world and included the daughters of ambassadors of South American countries and of well-known European families. Daughters of former Rawdonites now living abroad as well as local girls of Protestant as well as Catholic families all attended “the convent”.
With the new education system and changing times, student enrolment at the convent gradually decreased. In 1982 there were 185 students and in 1985-86 school year there were only 33 enrolled. A decision was taken to close at the end of the same year and the convent became a residence for seniors, many of whom had attended class there years earlier."
Today, this historical building burned down. Let's send some healing powers to the people who live there and had to be evacuated on this brutal cold day.
For more cultural history learned only through personal interest and curiosity, please check out these websites. A special thanks to all who shared their memories for the upcoming generations. https://rawdonhistoricalsociety.com/.../briefhistory... and https://rawdonhistory.com/