Williamstown, VIC - St Mary's Catholic (20790)
Year Built: 1856
Denomination: Roman Catholic
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 octangonal "centenary spire" was raised in 1933. A Foundation stone that reads, "This stone of this centenary spire was blessed and laid by his Grace the Most Reverend Dr Mannix Archbishop of Melbourne, Dec 3rd 1933".
|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|
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A brief history of the parish of St Mary of the immacualte conception Williamstown. 282.945 1 CHA