Hughenden, QLD - St Francis Catholic

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Francis

Address: 16 Mowbray Street, Hughenden, Queensland,

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Yirandhali people

Last Updated: 06/08/2022

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History and Architecture:

Residents first celebrated Mass in the little old school that was situated where the main road now runs at the inter-section of Grey Street and Mowbray Street.

Father Mouton came in 1887 and celebrated Mass for the first years in the old Court-house every Sunday that he was in town. A little organ, the property of the Town Council, was at the disposal of the Cath-olics and the members of the other chur-ches, who also used the Courthouse on Sun-days.

The first Church was built by Father Mouton towards the end of 1888. (It seems the contractor was Jack Shea, whose wife was a Miss McNamara). Father dedicated the Church to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In the scanty records he has left, he records December 8th, 1888, that half of the opening collection was £35 odd. On September 4, 1898, a meeting of the Church Committee was held, Rev. Father Cassar presiding. Father Cassar explained that the object of the meeting was to consider the ad-visability of either painting or enlarging the Church. The advice of an architect was obtained, who came to Hughenden for the purpose. On January 1, 1899, the contract was signed for the extension of the church.

Bishop Sheil on the 4th of August 1918 laid a foundation stone for a new Catholic Church according to the Catholic Advocate.

The most recent Church which closed in late 2018 after 50 years of serving the Catholic community was demolished due to problems with the building foundations caused by cracking. Reactive soils meant it was too dangerous to allow mass to continue to be held at the church.


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
1885 - 1890 Father Mouton 1890
1890 - Father Cassar
- 1901 Father Bucas
1901 - 1907 Father Dean E. O'Keeffe
1907 - 1910 Father A. Wright
1910 - 1916 Father Dean O'Reilly
1914 - 1923 Father James Bray Asst then Father from 1916 1936
1923 - 1924 Father Dean McElhinney 1965
1924 - Father McCoy 1970
1929 - 1933 Father J. Hegarty
1933 - 1936 Father O'Twomey 1983
1936 - 1937 Father Thomas Gard 1993
1937 - Father T. Kelly
1944 - Father David O'Meara 1987
2022 - Father Mobin Sebastian


No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.


1. A Souvenir The Diamond Jubilee 1885 - 1945 The Catholic Parish of Hughenden
2. Deceased Clergy in Australia, 1788-present