Deepdene, VIC - Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic

Year Built: 1955

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Address: 10 Whitehorse Road, Deepdene, Victoria, 3103

Architect: Mr L Sam Miguel

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people

Last Updated: 11/04/2024

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History and Architecture:

The parishes of Kew, Camberwell and Hawthorn were established in 1889. The area which the Deepdene Parish encompasses was, at this time, part of the Parishes of Camberwell and Kew.

The first building, on the Whitehorse Rd site, which is now part of the school, was used by the parish as both a church and school. The foundation stone of the first church was blessed by Archbishop Mannix on 26 November 1922.

The construction of the current church began in the 1950s, when Fr Godwin was the Parish Priest. It was completed in 1955. The long narrow shape of the church was dictated by the land that was available between the presbytery and the school. The architect was Mr L Sam Miguel and the builder was Simmie & Co. The church was officially opened and blessed by the Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Daniel Mannix DD, on 3 July 1959.

The Church has undergone several refurbishments over the years, the most recent being to the internal structure throughout 2016 –2017 and the addition of a gathering space adjoined to the church.

For a complete history click here.


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
1922 - 1938 Father J. B. Walsh
1938 - 1947 Father Denis P. Murphy
1948 - 1965 Father Lawrence Godwin 1965
1966 - 1967 Bishop Arthur Fox 1997
1966 - 1967 Father C. McCann Asst 2003
1968 - 1985 Monsignor John Kelly
1985 - 2001 Father Pat Duggan
2001 - 2006 Father Maurie Cooney
2006 - Father Brendan Reed


No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.


1. Deceased Clergy in Australia, 1788-2024.
2. Church website.