St Michael and St John's Catholic Cathedral

St Michael and St John's Catholic Cathedral

Bathurst, NSW 2795

Church Information

Church Name: St Michael and St John's Catholic Cathedral
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: William St, Bathurst NSW 2795, Australia
Suburb: Bathurst
State: NSW
Postcode: 2795
Foundation Stone Laid: 00-00-1857
Foundation Stone Notes: The foundation stone was blessed and laid by the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr John Polding in 1857. The text of the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited.
Date Opened: 00-04-1861
Date Closed: unknown


For a chronological history of the cathedral of St Michale and St John see the church website -

"It seems certain that the first Mass to be celebrated in Bathurst, was said by the famous pioneer priest Fr John Joseph Therry on 1st or 2nd November 1830, when he was called from Sydney to attend the execution of a convict, Ralf Entwistle. In those days, Bathurst was “the remotest part of the colony” and Mass was likely said in a room over a stable at an inn at Kelso. However, it does appear that Catholic laymen had begun some form of worship by 1824 (just 11 years after the crossing of the Blue Mountains)...

In July 1838, the Reverend Fathers Michael O’Reilly and Thomas Slattery arrived from Ireland and were appointed to Bathurst, now established as a new church district...There was no church and Mass was probably celebrated in the courthouse at first. A small hut in lower Durham Street was later used for a short time as a temporary chapel...

Towards the end of 1839 work was commenced on the parish church situated on the corner of George and Keppel Streets – St. Michael’s. The Parish of Bathurst was created in 1839 and St. Michael’s was opened for worship in the middle of 1841, though its building was not completed for a further two years. After about 10 years, subsidence made it unfit for public worship, though it was used as a school for a number of years!...

In 1857, the foundation stone of St. Michael and St. John’s Cathedral was blessed by the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr John Polding, with the blessing and opening in April 1861." (Extract Church Website -

More historical photographs of the Cathedral/congregation are invited. Photograph uploaded 7/6/2018.

Last Updated: Saturday 9th June, 2018