Steiglitz, VIC - St Thomas's Catholic (20778)

Year Built: 1868

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Thomas

Address: 985 Meredith Steiglitz Road, Steiglitz, Victoria, 3331

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History and Architecture:

The church was built between 1868 - 1869. In 1951 it was moved to Plume Street Norlane where it was used as a church hall. In December 1982 it was returned to its original site.

The Rev. Dean James Hayes of Geelong visited the Steiglitz diggings and on the 25th August 1857 purchased a wooden store for use as a church. In November 1857 the Catholic congregation celebrate, their first mass in Steiglitz in what had previously been William Butcher's store in Regent Street.

In 1867 Dean James Fitzpatrick applied for the reserve of two acres however Father James Hoyne stated that this site was inadequate, and in May 1868 a new site was reserved in Meredith Road, adjacent to the old Cemetery. Fr James Hoyne commenced the erection of a new church shortly after. Under the patronage of St. Thomas, the church was opened on 19th July 1868 by Bishop Goold.

Following the closure of the area's mines, the church remained idle for many years before officially closing in 1927. The land on which the church had stood was sold to the Victorian Government in early 1983 and now forms part of the Streiglitz National Park.

Clergy:

Years Name Annotation
1868 - Father James Hoyne
1875 - 1879 Father James Lawrence Hegarty
1894 - Father Considene

Extracts:

1. Church notice board
2. National Parks Victoria
3. Churches of Geelong and District Vol 2