Warrnambool, VIC - St Joseph's Catholic (20395)

Year Built: 1872

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Joseph

Address: 169 Kepler Street, Warrnambool, Victoria, 3280

Last Updated: 08/01/2021

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History and Architecture:

The church was constructed in Decorated Gothic style in blurstone quarried from a local quarry. Construction was commenced in 1869-1872 to the design of William Wardell, although possibly supervised by a local designer and resident, Samuel Parker. The western bays of the nave and the tower and broach spire were completed in 1886-1. The erection of the Church was blessed by Bishop Gould on 21 April 1872.

The Foundation stone of the second stage was laid by Bishop Mooreon 26 September 1886.


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
1882 - 1886 Father M. Shanahan
1886 - 1915 Monsignor J O'Dowd 1915
1915 - 1929 Monsignor J. F Marshall
1929 - 1947 Monsignor P. Kennelly
1947 - 1959 Monsignor E. Galligan
1959 - 1968 Monsignor Daniel O'Connell 1977
1968 - 1981 Monsignor Leo Fiscalini 1995
1981 - Father P. Bohan 2008


Built in 1892 the Fincham and Hobday organ has 2012 pipes and was installed in 1893. At the time it cost 1,420 and was financed from a bequest of a parishioner James Dooley.