Bendigo, VIC - St Killian's Catholic

Year Built: 1888

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Killians

Address: 161 McCrae Steet, Bendigo, Victoria, 3550

Architect: W.C. Vahland

Traditional Owners: Dja Dja Wurrung people

Last Updated: 05/02/2024

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History and Architecture:

The first church was a slab and canvas structure assembled in 1853 by Rev Dr Backhaus.

In May 1856, construction of a stone church commenced. Topped by a slate roof, the church was a grand site with its 22 buttresses and four entrances. However, only 30 years later, the building was condemned as the walls were cracking and crumbling. In late 1887, W.C.Vahland designed the current church in Gothic style and its one of the largest weatherboard churches in the world. It was opened by Bishop Crane in July 1888.

The church was built of oregan and hardwood with a kauri ceiling. The finished building was one hundred and ten feet long by fifty four feet with a sanctuary thirty feet deep.


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
2022 ? - Rev Junray Rayna
2022 ? - Rev Rob Galea Asst


The Organ was built by R.A. Randebrock of Paderborn, Germany in 1872. It has 2 manuals, 25 speaking stops, mechanical action. Restored by Bellsham Pipe Organs of Perth in 1981-2.
A full description and photos can be seen here.


1. Church website.
2. Organ Historical Trust of Australia.