Our History

“All One in Christ Jesus

Katoomba Christian Convention (KCC) began under this banner in 1903, founded in the tradition of the Keswick Convention in the north of England. 

Growing from a small gathering of Christians in a children’s playroom in Katoomba, KCC has continued for 120 years to bring Christians together and see transformation in their lives as they sit under God’s Word.

A Timeline of Our History

First ‘convention’ hosted by the Young family in the children’s playroom at ‘Khandala’. This becomes an annual gathering.


A larger tent is required to accommodate the 400 or so attending, and numbers grow with these conventions.


The 19-acre ‘Culverden’ site owned by the Deck family is offered for just £1750 to the Convention, and the first convention on the current site is held.


The ‘Tin Shed’ is built at the top of the plaza, seating 700 people.


The first Easter Convention in Katoomba.


The conventions began to outgrow the Tin Shed, and a big circus marquee was hired for the Oval for the first time for KYC.

1988, 6,000 gathered to attend Katoomba Youth Convention in the largest tent in Australia.


The first Katoomba Youth Leaders’ Training Convention (KYLC).


Extensions to the Tin Shed allows over 2,000 to fit inside to hear God’s Word preached.


KYC splits to introduce KYCKSTART, for teens.


The first Men’s Convention (MKC) in Katoomba. 


October Katoomba Convention (OKC) launches.


The first Women’s Convention (WKC) in Katoomba.


KCC’s Centenary Year, and the successful purchase of the adjoining Clairvaux property.


KYC becomes Engage conference, for young adults.


The first official Oxygen conference (though not the first KCC preaching/ministry conference!)


WKC re-launches as OneLove, as a day event in Sydney.


KCC launches its first mobile app, offering talks from recent convention years for free.


MKC re-launches as BASECAMP, keeping a weekend in Katoomba and launching a day event in Sydney.


Onward launches, with a focus on apologetics in today’s world.


KCC re-launches its official app, KCC One, expanded and improved to share KCC’s talk archive as audio, video and text resources. Now available on mobile, tablet and web!


KCC launches its first online, livestream events to keep encouraging Christians during COVID-19 restrictions.


I think I love being able to get away and just be fed on some really good teaching and refreshed in something different to what we normally get. Our children can also come and be recharged and enjoy the sessions, it’s fun for them. Just something for all of us.

— Anastasia, Easter Convention