Gardenvale, VIC - St James Catholic

Year Built: 1891

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: James

Address: 73 North Road, Gardenvale, Victoria, 3185

Architect: Edgar J. Henderson

Traditional Owners: Bunurong people

Last Updated: 13/07/2024

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History and Architecture:

The first Church was a wooden building constructed by the Very Reverend M Carey on the site facing North Road in 1882. It was a temporary building, used as a Church on Sundays and a schoolhouse on weekdays. Extensions were made in 1889. It was blessed by Dr Reville, the Co-adjutor Bishop of Sandhurst, in 1892.

Construction of the present Church was commenced in 1891 and cost 6,000. The Foundation stone was laid on 25 January 1891 by the Most Reverend T.J. Carr D.D. Archbishop of Melbourne.

Built in two stages in 1891 and 1924, stands on a site which has importance in the early history of Catholicism in Victoria as the place where the Mission to Brighton was established c 1854. Substantial rusticated sandstone Church in the Gothic style, founded on a rusticated bluestone plinth.

The Church was destroyed by fire in March 2015.


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
2022 - Father David Cartright


Built by Mr Anderson in 1902 at a cost of £350. It was restored by Stewart Organs in 2001. It has 2 manuals, 12 speaking stops, 3 couplers, mechanical.
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1. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.