Williamstown, VIC - St Mary's Catholic (20790)

Year Built: 1856

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Mary

Address: 116 Cecil Street, Williamstown, Victoria, 3016

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History and Architecture:

Fr Geoghegan was Victoria's pioneer priest, and for six years, was Williamstown's first resident pastor. Dublin-born, zealous, and 34-years-old, he landed in the Port Phillip district of New South Wales in 1839, aboard the square-rigged coaster Paul Pry.

He was a driving force behind the building of the village's first church.

Erection of a more substantial chapel- school building of solid bluestone began about 1854. The Architect was William Wardell, whose plans at one stage were lost.

The church is sixty feet long and was officially opened in 1856. At one stage during its construction when the walls were 14 foot high, Mass was celebrated in the partly-built church, with tarpaulins forming a makeshift roof.

The octangoal "centenary spire" was raised in 1933.

Clergy:

Years Name Annotation
1853 - Rev Gerald Ward
1853 - 1860 Rev Patrick Geoghegan
1860 - 1861 Rev Patrick Verling
1861 - 1864 Rev Matthew Downing
1864 - 1866 Rev Thomas Lenehan
1866 - 1867 Rev Patrick Riordan
1867 - 1870 Rev Thomas Neville
1870 - 1877 Rev James Gillicuddy
1877 - 1882 Rev Matthew Hayes
1882 - 1891 Rev Patrick Walshe
1891 - 1898 Rev Gerald Byrne
1898 - 1900 Rev Patrick Fallon
1900 - 1924 Rev Thomas Brazil
1925 - 1949 Rev Michael Flannery
1951 - 1974 Rev John Cassidy Retired 1976
1976 - Rev James Shorten
2017 - Fr Greg Trythall

Organ:

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Extracts:

A brief history of the parish of St Mary of the immacualte conception Williamstown. 282.945 1 CHA