South Yarra, VIC - St Joseph's Catholic (21070)

Year Built: 1888

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Joseph

Address: 30 Fitzgerald Street, South Yarra, Victoria, 3141

Last Updated: 03/01/2022

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History and Architecture:

The foundation stone of St Joseph’s Church was laid on 18 March 1888 and the building opened on 28 October 1888. Designed by architects Tappin, Gilbert & Dennehy, this is a large cruciform brick building in the Gothic style with stucco dressings, tower and spire. Further additions were completed in August 1892.


This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
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Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1887 - 1891 Father John Francis Fitzgerald 1841 1893
1891 - 1925 Father Robert Stanislaus Benson 1941
1925 - 1926 Father John Collins 1867 1926
1927 - 1948 Father Thomas English 1948
1948 - 1975 Monsignor James Hannan 1975
2020 ? - Father Brian Buckley


The pipe organ, built by William Anderson, was opened in July 1894 when The Advocate of 14 July reported that on Sunday last the organ that was recently erected in the church was opened. It is likely that the metal pipework for the instrument was supplied to William Anderson by Fincham & Hobday.


1. The Parish of South Yarra 125 Years Historical Notes.
2. Deceased Clergy in Australia, 1788-2022.