Newry, VIC - St Ita's Catholic

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Ita

Address: 27 Dawson Street, Newry, Victoria, 3859

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Gunaikurnai people

Last Updated: 26/04/2022

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History and Architecture:

The first Mass for the settlers was celebrated at the home of Daniel Bore on March 22 1866. Father P. Kavanagh officiated.

In May of 1890 the Catholic community gathered at the Farmers' Arms hotel and resolved to build a Church. John Boland was elected Chairman and John Rawlings Secretary. Will Lanigan became joint Treasurer with Father O'Leary. Daniel Blore, John Gannon, James English and James Weatherley were committee members.

Plans were obtained of the Yarram Church which it was felt was the style desirable for this area It was resolved that at that point in time a temporary Church would suffice. A fund was opened for building the Church, and was quickly and enthusiastically subscribed. Tenders were called for a construction of a weatherboard Church 45 feet by 25 feet, with chancery, vestry and porch to seat two hundred people It was to have 14 foot ceilings and considerable attention was given to ventilation. There were to be gothic leadlight windows and gothic doorways The successful tenderer was Mr. Wicks of Stratford.

Clergy:

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
1916 - Father Curran
1919 - 1922 Father Callanan Asst 1972
1922 - 1923 Father J. McCormack Asst
- 1977 Monsignor Crowe
1923 - 1927 Father Kilduff Asst 1927
1924 - Father Fitzpatrick Asst
1927 - 1928 Father W. Walsh
1930 - 1931 Father J. Gavan Asst 1946
1936 - Father O'Hea Asst
1937 - 1939 Father W. Hannify Asst 1988
1940 - 1942 Father W. McLaughlin Asst
1944 - 1946 Father J. Cunningham Asst 1980
1946 - 1948 Father J. Kennedy Asst
1949 - 1951 Father M. J. Dwyer Asst 1956
1951 - 1954 Father J. Gallagher Asst
1954 - 1961 Father J. F. Rowe Asst 1993
1961 - 1965 Father P. Walsh Asst
1966 - Father J. O'Kelly Asst
1966 - 1969 Father J. Readmann Asst
1969 - 1972 Father P. Devine Asst
1972 - 1975 Father F. Young Asst
1975 - 1977 Father J. Ward Asst
1977 - Father D. Hourigan Asst
1981 - 1982 Father H. Verbrugen Asst

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. St Ita's Newry 1891 - 1991 by Jack Dwyer. LH 282.9456 DWY.