Peak Hill, NSW - St Jame's Catholic

Year Built: 1935

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: James

Address: 151 Caswell Street, Peak Hill, New South Wales, 2869

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Wiradjuri people

Last Updated: 10/03/2023

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History and Architecture:

Church services were originally held at the home of Denis McAuliffe on his grazing property at Bulgandramine until 1894.

The Old St James Catholic Church was located at 116 Derribong Street Peak Hill and was built probably in c.1894 and in use in early 1895 and continued until c1936. The parish map of 1893 shows that John Dunne (Bishop) had purchased the land. The Bishop Byrne of Bathurst visited Peak Hill in February 1895 to open the new convent in the same location for the Sisters of St Joseph.

Both the old convent and the old church buildings are now demolished and the land has been used by the Peak Hill Central School for the agricultural plot gardens.

The Presbytery was built in 1913 in Caswell Street and which was later incorporated into a convent and later a private residence.

A Foundation stone reads, " This stone was blessed and laid by the Most Rev T.M. Fox D.D. Bishop of Wilcannia - Forbes 16th June 1935". A futher stone reads, " This Church of St James was solemnly consecrated 10th December 1936 by the Most Rev T.M. Fox D.D. Bishop of Wilcannia - Forbes Rev M.J. Heath Pastor". 


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
- Father O'Donnel From Parkes
- Father Campion From Parkes
1912 - 1953 Father Michael Heath 1953
1954 - 1965 Father Thomas William Brady 1978
1965 - 1966 Father Boylan 1974
1966 - 1966 Dr Kelly
1966 - 1971 Father N. Maxwell
1971 - 1976 Father Hayden
1976 - Father Harper


No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.


1. Dale Norris for historical details.


1. A History of Peak Hill and District.
2. Deceased Clergy in Australia, 1788-present