Keilor Park, VIC - St Augustine's Catholic (21079)

Year Built: 1863

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Augustine

Address: 98 Harrick Road, Keilor Park, Victoria, 3042

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri people

Architect: J.M. Barry

Last Updated: 27/01/2023

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History and Architecture:

In 1854 Father Matthew Downing,  an Irish Augustinian priest of Eureka Stockade fame, was appointed as the first pastor to the newly formed Keilor Parish. He quickly set about building a school, later relocated to this site, a presbytery and a church.

The construction of St. Augustine's, built to the design of Charles Hansom's Church, Port Fairy, formerly known as Belfast, commenced in 1857 under architect, J. M. Barry, using local bluestone. Work was delayed at times due to a lack of funds and to a loss of workers to the goldfields. Eventually, at a cost of £3000, the church was opened by Bishop Goold on November 15, 1863. The style is Gothic Revival, featuring unusual five bay naves and an octagonal tower with a small spire. The bell, cast in Dublin was donated by grateful railway workers from the Keilor Road Station now Sydenham.

A plaque reads, " St Ausgustines church was renovated in 1986 with the bequest of Daniel Francis Birrell 1898 - 1970 and the generocity of the Parishioners in memory of the Pioneers of the Keilor Mission Established in 1874. Late have loved thee 0 Beauty so ancient and so new".

 

Clergy:

These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1854 - 1861 Father Matthew Downing Keilor Mission 1870
1859 - 1860 Father Michael Branigan Asst 1870
1860 - Father James Maloney Asst
1861 - 1862 Father Peter Birch Asst 1896
1862 - 1866 Father James Moore
1866 - 1868 Father Simon Riordan
1868 - 1869 Father Patrick N. Moore
1869 - 1875 Father John Hoyne 1914
1875 - 1885 Father Patrick Moran
1885 - Father Gerald Byrne Asst
1885 - 1922 Father Denis Bernard Nelan
1922 - 1940 Father P. O'Brien
1940 - 1942 Father E. Fennessy 1995
1942 - 1950 Father T. Little
1950 - 1954 Father T. Pierce
1954 - 1961 Father J. McQuillan
1961 - 1973 Father J. Phelan
1973 - 1980 Father P. Maye
1980 - 1988 Father D. Minogue
1988 - 2001 Father R. Cannon
2001 - Father F. Cavarra

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. The Keilor Mission and the Story of St Augustine's 1854 - 2004. SLTF 282.9451 L33K
2. Deceased Clergy in Australia, 1788-2023