Dalby, QLD - St Joseph's Catholic (50087)

Year Built: 1921

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Joseph

Address: Cunningham Street, Dalby, Queensland, 4405

Traditional Owners: Wakka Wakka people

Last Updated: 19/10/2022

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History and Architecture:

Construction was begun in 1865 on the first Church using local clay for bricks, sourced from the creek's banks. not far from the site of the church. In October 1865, the Dalby Herald reported that construction of the church was "progressing favourably, the brick walls now having attained considerable altitude." However, with the desire to get the job completed, there were going to be some modifications to the carpentry, which would be less ornate than originally planned.

But on the 9th of December, a fierce storm struck the Downs, and Dalby bore the brunt of it.The gable wall (the front wall with a triangular shape) of St Joseph's, still under construction, was blown down. The following March, Mr Kilpatrick was awarded the tender to demolish what was remaining of the church, and to commence a rebuild. Mr Jones was awarded the carpentry contract. Mr Burke was the architect.

The Foundation stone of the current Church was laid on 16 May 1920 by the Most Reverend J. Duhig Archbishop of Brisbane. The Church was dedicated on 4 December 1921.

The Foundation stone was laid on 16 May 1920 by the Most Reverend J. Duhig Archbishop of Brisbane. The Church was dedicated on 4 December 1921.

Clergy:

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
1868 - Father Denis Byrne 1907
1907 - Father Thomas Nolan Curate
1951 - 1959 Dean Cornelius Cahalane 1959
1960 - 1970 Dean Michael Herbert 1970
1970 - 1975 Monsignor William McCormack 1989
1976 - 1985 Monsignor Stanley Skehan 2000
1985 - 1997 Father Peter Murphy
1997 - 2005 Father Hal Ranger
2005 - 2015 Father Michael Cooney
2016 - Father James Cronin

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. The Gem of the West. The Centenary of St Joseph's Church Dalby 2021. Q 282.9433 MOR
2. Deceased Clergy in Australia, 1788-2022