Winchelsea, VIC - St John the Baptist Catholic

Year Built: 1892

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: John the Baptist

Address: Corner Mercer & Harding Streets, Winchelsea, Victoria, 3241

Architect: Unknown

Last Updated: 07/08/2023

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History and Architecture:

As early as 1842, Catholic pioneers living in the isolated and sparsely settled Western District of Victoria received occasional visits from a priest, to minister to their spiritual needs. He was Fr Michael Stephens O.S.A. who moved to Geelong in September that year.

As far back as 1855, Dean Fitzpatrick V.G. had applied for a grant of land in Winchelsea. The two acre block faced Mercer and Harding Streets. It was formally reserved on 20.5.1855, but no trustees were ever appointed until 20.1 .1914, when the Melbourne Roman Catholic Trust Corporation was Set up by an Act of Parliament. Although the land was secured, there was no move to build a church.

The church, was dedicated and officially opened on 18th December 1892 with Archbishop Carr in attendance.

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This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
Further submissions welcomed.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1892 - 1898 Father English approx start date
1898 - 1901 Father Lawton
1901 - Father T. Sullivan
1906 - 1911 Father P. J. Gleeson
1911 - 1911 Father Con Sheenan
1912 - 1934 Father Michael Hehir
1933 - Father Gellie Asst
1934 - Father John O'Donnell
1942 - 1944 Father Francis O'Hanlon


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