Essendon, VIC - St Monica's Catholic

Year Built: 1934

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Monica

Address: Mount Alexander Road, Essendon, Victoria, 3040

Architect: Unknown

Architectural Style: Gothic Survival

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri people

Last Updated: 19/03/2024

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History and Architecture:

The Parish has its Official beginning at Keilor in 1854 when Father Matthew Downing OSA as the first Priest in Charge of the Keilor Mission. The present St Monica's Church was built on the site of a stone church, begun in 1884, completed in 1910 and demolished in 1934 to make way for the larger building.

The style of the building reflects the Spanish Gothic influence of the Caralan School adapted to modern conditions. This particular phase of fourteenth century Spanish Gothic architecture includes among its finest examples the Cathedrals of Barcelona and Palma.

The foundation stone was laid by Reverend Mannix Archbishop of Melbourne 11 March 1934. The Architects were Messrs Reed, Henderson and Smart and the church was built by Mr W Freeman of Richmond.


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
1899 - Father Peter Boyle Asst
1924 - Father W. B. Power
1941 - 1971 Father Vincent Willis


No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.


1. On their shoulders we stand. A History of St Monica's Parish Moonee Ponds. SLT 282.9451 L270
2. The Church web site. Click here for more information.