Horsham, VIC - St Michael and St John's Catholic (20229)

Year Built: 1987

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: [Multiple]

Address: Corner Roberts & Urquhart Streets, Horsham, Victoria, 3400

Last Updated: 30/01/2022

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History and Architecture:

The first Mass to be held in Horsham was in 1857 by visiting Priest Fr. Patrick Madden. The first church was opened by Bishop O'Connor on 12 November 1876, a wooden building facing west to McPherson Street.*

The first Catholic church seems to have been built in record time following its establishment as a parish when separated from Stawell in 1876. A wooden structure, it was situated in the middle of the block bordered by McLachlan Street (north) and Splatt Street (south) now Roberts Avenue. It was placed across the block running east to west, and for some reason was dedicated to two apparently unrelated saints.

The church of 1913 was designed by the architects Clegg, Miller & Riley of Ballarat. A simple design with gable nave without projecting transepts although the transition from nave to chancel is marked by twin gables and a central doorway in the plane of the nave walls. The windows are of lancet form but the western gable contains a trefoil window with three curved sides, a typical motif of the Decorated Gothic.*

On 14th December 1913, Bishop Higgins of Ballarat opened and dedicated the new red brick Church facing Roberts Avenue. Designed by the architects Clegg Miller & Riley of Ballarat. The old church became the school.*

On 10th May 1987 the new Church was blessed and dedicated by the Bishop of Ballarat, Bishop Mulkearns. The 1913 Red Brick Church was used by the primary school until it was demolished in 1997.*

The current Church was designed by architect Greg Burgess. Other notable projects by Geoff include Eltham Library, Melbourne Theological College, Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Box Hill Community Arts Centre and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Aboriginal Cultural Centre.* The Builders were Plazzer Bros Pty Ltd of Horsham. Bricks supplied by Krause Brickworks Stawell.


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
1876 - 1878 Father John O'Sullivan
1878 - 1884 Father James O'Farrell 1927
1884 - 1889 Father John Barrett
1889 - 1901 Father Joseph O'Brien
1901 - 1917 Father Michael Meade
1917 - 1929 Father Dean D.R. Howell 1944
1929 - 1931 Father John Kerin
1931 - 1949 Father Couglin
1949 - 1956 Monsignor Daniel O'Connell 1977
1956 - 1959 Father Michael Glennon
1959 - 1972 Father Patrick Lynch
1972 - Father Tom Kiniry


No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.


1. Horsham Catholic Parish Centenary 1876 - 1976.
2. Church of St Michael and St John Horsham 10th May 1987. LTP 282.9458 C4748S