Bundaberg, QLD - Holy Rosary Catholic

Year Built: 1888

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Address: 22 Barolin Street, Bundaberg, Queensland, 4670

Architect: Francis Drummond Greville Stanley

Architectural Style: Neo Classical

Traditional Owners: Taribelang people

Last Updated: 19/03/2024

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History and Architecture:

The first original timber church still stands in the Bundaberg Catholic Cemetery. The proprietor then was Walter Adams, Bundaberg’s first member to the Queensland Legislative Assembly.

In 1876 the Sisters of Saint Joseph, founded by Saint Mary MacKillop, arrived in Bundaberg ahead of Father Rossolini who moved his residence from Mt Perry to Bundaberg in December of that year.

The original design was done by Francis Stanley, the great nineteenth century architect of colonial Queensland. It is of neo classical style.

On October 10, 1886, the foundation stone of the new church of St Mary of the Holy Rosary was laid by Bishop Dunne of Brisbane. Bishop Dunne, then an archbishop, consecrated the completed first stage of the church on May 13, 1888. The transepts and sanctuary were added in 1925-26.

A full history can be see at the Church website here.


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

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1876 - 1893 Father Constantine Crossolini
1882 - 1885 Father P. McCormack
1885 - 1891 Father A. Monaghan
1891 - 1917 Father John Mimnagh 1951
1893 - 1896 Father H. Fitzgerald
1896 - 1897 Father R. Walsh
1897 - 1901 Father J. Healy
1901 - 1901 Father J. Hennessey
1904 - 1906 Father William Bryne
1906 - 1907 Father Francis Burton 1947
1913 - 1918 Father J. D. Kelly
1918 - 1929 Father M. Baldwin
1920 - 1921 Father J. McCarthy
1921 - 1929 Father O. S. Hayes
2022 ? - Father Peter Tonti


The Organ was built by Whitehouse Brothers of Brisbane in 1933 at a cost of £1300. Removed from the gallery to transept, with additions in 1986 by David Hudd of Brisbane. It has 2 manuals, 4 ranks extended, electro-pneumatic action.
A full description can be seen here.


1. 2023 John Huth name board.


1. Index to Priests A-Z to 1900 - Rev Fr TJ Linane
2. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.