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Balmain, NSW - St Augustine's Catholic

10271

State: New South Wales
Denomination: Catholic
Address: 6 Eaton Street Balmain
GPS: -33.85887, 151.183781

History and Architecture:

The first St Augustine's was built in 1848 and designed by Augustus Pugin England's most influential early Victorian architect.

In 1848 the Archbishop of Sydney put up a bond of £150 which would be voided unless part of a church or materials worth £400 were on site within 18 months. The "magnificent plot of land [was] beautifully situated on the summit of a hill, commanding a prospect of the surrounding country"

On 18 September 1848 the Vicar-General called tenders for the erection of the new church notifying builders that "the plans and specifications can be seen at Mr John Davis's, near St Patrick's church".12 Mention of formal tender documents implies an architect, but his identity is not known. The name of the builder was not mentioned either.

The first service was held on 13 April 1851 the day after the church was opened.

The Architect for the second church was Albert Bates and the foundation stone was laid on 7 October 1906. It was dedicated on 1 December 1907.

Organ:

No information currently available.

Clergy*:

Explanations

PeriodClergyComment
* The list may not contain all serving Clergy.
1854 - 1856 Fr R. DOWNING  
1856 - 1864 Fr J. THERRY  
1860 - 1870 Fr J. RIGNEY  
1864 - 1869 Fr G.F. DILLON  
1869 - 1871 Fr P. BURCH  
1871 - 1875 Fr L.P. PACILIO  
1875 - 1877 Fr FOREST  
1878 - 1881 Fr G. DILLON  
1881 - 1885 Fr J.J. CARROLL  
1885 - 1887 Fr T. LEONARD  
1887 - 1894   Vincentian Fathers
1894 - 1902 Fr P. HEALY  
1902 - 1929 Fr ROHAN  
1929 - 1931 Mgt T. HAYDEN  
1932 - 1935 Fr H. CONAGHAN  
1935 - 1945 Fr P.J. MORRIS  
1945 - 1972 Fr P.T. BOLAND  
1973 - 1988 Fr N. MURPHY  
1988 - 1994 Fr B. TITMUSS  
1994 - Fr J. KEEBLE  
Contributions:  
Extract: On Balmain Hill. 150 years of the Catholic Church in Balmain. Peter Reynolds. SLN 282.944127
Balmain, NSW - St Augustine's Catholic
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