Chatswood, NSW - Our Lady of Dolours Catholic

Year Built: 1920

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Address: 94 Archer Street, Chatswood, New South Wales, 2067

Architect: Hennessy and Hennessy

Architectural Style: Renaissance

Traditional Owners: Cammeraygal people

Last Updated: 04/03/2024

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History and Architecture:

The Catholic Church acquired property in Archer Street in 1888. The building of first church/school took place in 1895 on a portion of an 1863 cemetery grant of some three and a half acres in Archer/Anderson Streets. The Church was opened in 1921 but not finished until 1961.

Architects were Messrs Hennessy and Hennessy. Architecturally it is a simplified treatment of Italian Renaissance complete with coloured brick in-lays- campanile, apsidal sanctuary – semi-circular vaulted ceiling with intersecting groins giving necessary height for the lateral lighting.

A Foundation stone reads, " This stone was solemnly blessed and laid by His Grace The Most Reverend William Barry D.D. Co Adjutor Archbishop of Hobart April 18th 1920".


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
1924 - Father T. Barry
2023 - Father David Ranson


The Organ was built around 1958 by Arthur Lord incorporating pipework from an organ previously in St Peter's Catholic Church, Surry Hills. Built c. 1810 Flight & Robson, London. Subsequently broken up; case only remains in church. It had 2m., 5 rks, ext., el. mag.


1. Church website. Click here for a full description.
2. Organ Music Society of Sydney with permission.