HISTORIC PIECE: Owner Mark Cains with his book Abbey of the Roses – A Historic Record 1891 to 2013.
HISTORIC PIECE: Owner Mark Cains with his book Abbey of the Roses – A Historic Record 1891 to 2013. Katie Cameron

Love for Abbey inspires a book

ABBEY of the Roses owner Mark Cains was so intrigued with the history of his building in Locke St that he wrote a book about it.

A plumber and builder by trade, Mr Cain was fascinated by the Abbey building and decided to try his hand at writing.

"There's a lot of history in Warwick that people don't know about," he said.

"The book is also about the history of the Southern Downs and the story of when the Cunninghams came."

A Historic Record tells the story of the building from 1891 to 2013, and dates back to when the Abbey was first built as a Sisters of Mercy Convent. A new edition of the publication was released a few months ago, and is a revised version of the book Mr Cains wrote last year after six months of research.

"The Sisters of Mercy gave me a lot of newspaper clippings from 1893," he said.

"I also read a lot of other books and bits and pieces."

"I really enjoyed finding out the history of the building itself."

So far, Mr Cains has sold around 380 copies in total, mostly from visitors of the B&B and Abbey tour participants. Customers can also order the book online at the Abbey of the Roses website.

The $14.50 cost includes postage all over Australia.

Mr Cains has lived in Warwick for about three-and-a-half years, and married his wife Sonia at the Abbey two years ago.

He dedicated his work to his mother, who died before he could show her the building and the source of his inspiration.



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