Ballarat East, VIC - St Alipius Catholic

Year Built: 1874

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Alipius

Address: Victoria Street, Ballarat East, Victoria, 3350

Architect: Henry Richard Caselli

Traditional Owners: Wadawurrung people

Last Updated: 17/06/2023

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History and Architecture:

The Church is part of the Parish of Ballarat East and the Diocese of Ballarat.  The Church dates from November 1852 when Father Matthew Downing arrived on the Ballarat gold fields.

The foundation stone of this impressive Redan bluestone building was laid on 3rd March 1873 by Bishop Goold, who held the title of the Bishop of Victoria. It was to be constructed at an estimated cost of £5,000.

The church was opened in 1874, to the design of the English Gothic Revivalist architect Charles Hanson, supervised by Ballarat’s Henry Caselli. Built of bluestone, it has ornamental Neo-Gothic stone detailing and slate roof tiles.


These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1852 - 1854 Father Matthew Downing
1854 - 1856 Father Patrick Smyth 1865
1854 - 1859 Father Fennelly Asst 1882
1854 - 1854 Father Ranald Rankin Locum 1863
1857 - 1862 Father Patrick Madden 1884
1862 - Father Eugene McCarthy Asst 1865
1859 - Father Lawrence Bonaventure Sheil 1972
1861 - 1863 Father Francis Hayden 1863
1865 - Father Richard Ellis
1866 - Father James Moore 1904


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1. St Alipius Ballarat's first Church The Early History by Dorothy Wickham. SLT 282.9457 AL4W.
2. Deceased Clergy in Australia, 1788-present