Hobart, TAS - St Joseph's Catholic

Year Built: 1841

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Joseph

Address: 165 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000

Architect: James Thomson

Architectural Style: Gothic

Traditional Owners: Palawa people

Last Updated: 04/03/2024

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History and Architecture:

A sandstone church built in Gothic style. Has a Nave with featured stonework to arched openings and pilasters to side walls.

The church was built in 1841 and opened by Father Therry on Christmas morning 1841. It was designed by James Thomson, a former convict with convict labour employed to carry out the work. The tower is 60 feet high, and was completed in 1843, and the side chapel in 1877 as a choir for the Sisters of Charity. In the 1930s the sandstone side chapel was replaced with one of red brick. St Joseph's served as a cathedral when the first Catholic Bishop of Hobart, Robert Willson, was installed in 1844.

The stained glass windows were added between 1856 and 1893 and with the exception of one, were made by Hardman and Scott of Birmingham, UK and were constructed in memory of renowned English Gothic Revival architect Augustus Pugin. The cedar pulpit was made in 1856 by Henry Hunter, architect in charge of the alterations. It was originally mounted on the wall above the sacristy door. It was later moved to a lower base and eventually placed on the far side in the sanctuary during the more recent renovations.

This is the oldest surviving Catholic church in Hobart and served as a cathedral while St Mary’s was being built.

For a complete history go to the Church website 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
1838 - 1844 Father John Therry
1844 - 1866 Father William Hall 1866
1866 - 1879 Father William Dunne 1883
1879 - 1896 Father Charles Woods
1896 - 1921 Father Phillip Hennebry 1921
1922 - 1933 Father Bernard Murphy 1933
1934 - 1956 Father John Cullen 1970
2012 - Father Aidan Kay
2019 - Father Peter Addicoat


No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.


1. Church website
2. Churches of Colonial Hobart, a field guide to Hobart's history in 24 huildings.