Reservoir, VIC - St Gabriel's Catholic

Year Built: 1960

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Gabriel

Address: Corner of Spring & Viola Streets, Reservoir, Victoria, 3073

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri people

Last Updated: 19/04/2023

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History and Architecture:

The parish was founded in 1936. The first recorded Mass in Reservoir was celebrated about 1919 1920 in what was then the Church of England Hall. The Foundation stone was laid by his Grace Archbishop Simonds on 24 January 1960. The church was built by Fred Dixon.

The original name for the parish decided by the late Father Ryan of Reservoir was St Michael's. Father Ryan wanted the Archangels to protect the northern suburbs as St Gabriel's and St Raphael's were already established. Father Sullivan decided to rename the parish St Stephen's after the Patron of Hungary since the beginning of the Parish took place around the time of the Hungarian Revolution.


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

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1936 - 1964 Father P.M. Ryan
1965 - 1973 Father Edward Nowlan 1990
1969 - 1978 Father F Larsen
1973 - 1988 Father Phelan
1988 - 1997 Monsignor A Rebeschini


First organ was built in 1960s by S.I. Sakacs. Removed c1976. 1m, 5spst, no pedals, elmag. Man: The present Organ was built in 1932 by C.W. Andrewartha for residence of Charles Stickland, North Fitzroy. Installed in 1940 in the Congregational Church, Warrnambool. Rebuilt and installed in present location in 1976 by John Parker & George Stephens. Rebuilt in 2009 by Australian Pipe Organs. It has 3m, 32spst, 10c, elpn. Gt: 2/3.2.1-3/5.III. Sw: Ch: Ped:


1. God is Strength the stroy of St Gabriels Parish SLTF 282.9451 G53S
2. The Church website
3. Organ Historical Trust of Australia