Maryborough, QLD - St Mary's Catholic

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Mary

Address: 276 Adelaide Street, Maryborough, Queensland, 4650

Architect: Charles Tiffin

Traditional Owners: Gubbi Gubbi, Batjala people

Last Updated: 20/05/2023

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History and Architecture:

The Church is on land donated by Maryborough pioneer James Cleary. It was designed by Charles Tiffin with later additions and alterations by Francis Drummond Greville Stanley and POE Hawkes. The initial construction was from 1869 to 1872 by G Smith and J Thomas.

It was extended between 1884 to 1885 with a third extention in 1936 and a restoration in 1993.

The building was constructed by local contractors G Smith and J Thomas under the supervision of WN Davidson. When completed, the church was described as Early English and of brick with stone quoining and detailing.

A Foundation stone reads, " A.M.D.G. this Foundation stone commemorating the extensions, renovations and completion of this Church dedicated to the Mother of God was blessed and placed by His Grace Most Rev Dr Duhig Archbishop of Brisbane on the 22nd March 1936. J.F. McCarthy P.P. DOM Prel".


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

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1875 - 1878 Father Thomas O'Brien
1879 - 1898 Father John O'Reilly
1898 - 1922 Father Philip Brady 1922
1922 - 1925 Father Patrick Brady 1954
1926 - 1941 Father John McCarthy 1941
1941 - 1957 Monsignor Martin Jordan 1957
1957 - 1978 Monsignor Robert Lyons
1978 - 1988 Father Guilford Lyons 2000
1989 - 2002 Father Harry Bliss 2016
2002 - 2004 Father Anthony Mellor
2005 - 2014 Father Paul Kelly
2014 - 2021 Father George Kallarackal
2023 - Father Lucius Edomobi


The Organ was built by B.B. Whitehouse & Co of Brisbane in 1912. It was removed 1936 from west gallery to south transept. Restored with additions in 1991 by W.J. Simon Pierce of Brisbane. It has 2 manuals, 18 speaking stops, mechanical action.
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1. Wikipedia.
2. Church website.
3. Deceased Clergy in Australia, 1788-present.
4. Organ Historical Trust of Australia.