Rochester, VIC - St Joseph's Catholic

Year Built: 1910

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Joseph

Address: 22 Fraser Street, Rochester, Victoria, 3561

Architect: A.A. Fritsch

Traditional Owners: Yorta Yorta people

Last Updated: 07/03/2023

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History and Architecture:

The first church Church was blessed and opened on 10th July 1881.

A Foundation stone was laid on 16 January 1910. R.E. Symons and Co were the builders and A.A. Feltch were the Architects. The cost of the church was £3,730 and was built by Messrs Moore Bros and Symonds of Echuca. The Church was built of brick with a Romanesque style. The nave measured 75 feet by 35 feet and the transepts each 20 feet 6 inches by 15 feet, with seating accommodation for 500 adults. The Presbytery was commenced in 1917 at a cost of £3,000. 

In 1889 Rochester became a separate parish taking in Corop and Tennyson.

 

Clergy:

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

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1877 - Father James McGillicuddy From Echuca
1880 - Father James McCarthy From Echuca
1882 - Father Henneberry Locum
1886 - Father Nicholas Crane Locum
1889 - 1901 Father Martin Bernard O'Hanlon 1901
1890 - 1893 Father Henry Allen Asst
1893 - Father Thomas Mulqueen Asst
1899 - Father Meredith
1901 - 1908 Father Edward Malone 1911
1908 - 1911 Father John Stokes Asst
1911 - 1923 Father Kieran Griffin Asst
1923 - 1926 Father P. J. Bolger Asst
1926 - 1930 Father J. V. Walsh 1934
1928 - 1931 Father J. S. Roche
1931 - 1934 Father Kieran Griffin
1934 - 1934 Father J. S. Roche
1937 - 1943 Father J. J. Phelan
1937 - Father Meredith Asst
1937 - 1956 Father McGolrick Asst 1956
1943 - 1946 Father Grace 1946
1946 - 1948 Father Joseph Hogan
1948 - Father Patrick Stokes
1968 - 1971 Father Kavanagh
1968 - Father Clifford Asst
1968 - Father Hogan Asst
1969 - Father P. J. Keane Asst
1971 - 1974 Father Thomas Woods
1971 - Father Jan Amez Asst
1974 - 1982 Father James Bolton
1983 - 1987 Father Joseph Walsh
1987 - Father Peter Tangey
1987 - Father Bernard Connolly Asst
1994 - 1999 Father Robert Burtonclay 2013
2015 - Father Peter Austin
2022 - Father Ashley Caldow

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. A History of St Joseph's Parish Rochester. Compiled by Frank Dullard. SLT 282.9454 R58D