Anakie, VIC - St Brigid's Catholic

Year Built: 1871

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Brigid

Address: 2439 Ballan Road, Anakie, Victoria, 3213

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Wadawurrung people

Last Updated: 15/01/2022

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History and Architecture:

In 1857 the parish was formed under the care of Father Ronald Rankin. He purchased a site and in September of the same year a tender was let for the construction of a 25ft by 12ft wooden building at a cost of 210 pounds. From 1858 the building was used as a church under the patronage of St James on Sundays and from the 1st of September 1859 as a school during the week.

Early in 1871 J.L. Shaw architect called tenders for the construction of a new brick church and school building. A 34ft by 18ft brick building, with porch, was constnicted and the first mass conducted by Father O'Callaghan, was held on the 30th July 1871, With the construction of St Brigid's. the old St James building was moved alongside the new church. Here it remained until 1880, when it was sold and moved to Staunton Vale.

The first church was a wooden structure. Extensive renovations were carried out in 1914 that included a sanctuary.


This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
Further submissions welcomed.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1857 - 1863 Father Ranald Rankin 1863
1875 - 1879 Father James Lawence Hegarty 1925
1879 - 1882 Father Gerald Byrne 1937
1882 - 1883 Father Daniel Murphy
1883 - 1885 Father Daniel O'Reilly
1885 - 1889 Father M. Ryan
1889 - 1900 Father Thomas Considine 1931
2017 - Rev Charles Balnaves


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