St Benedict's Catholic Church
St Benedict's Catholic Church 18-05-2009 - Peter Liebeskind
St. Benedict's Catholic Church 00-10-2018 - John M -

St. Benedict's Catholic Church

Chippendale, NSW 2008

Church Information

Church Name: St. Benedict's Catholic Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 104 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Suburb: Chippendale
State: NSW
Postcode: 2008
Foundation Stone Laid: 21-07-1845
Foundation Stone Notes: 

The foundation stone was laid by Archbishop Polding on 21/7/1845. The text on the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited.

A plaque records: St Benedict's Church, 1845-56 - Built under the guiding light of - Archbishop Polding, its English Gothic style - has been attributed to A W Pugin, and - also to William Munro.- The church was subsequently shortened - and widened, in 1940, to the design of - Austin McKay, to allow for the widening - of George Street (Broadway). - Its original construction elements - were recycled. 

Notice Board records: Est: 1838. (See comment on school below). - 'Australia's oldest consecrated church.'

Date Opened: unknown
Date Closed: unknown


The St Benedict's Catholic Church, Broadway building was erected between 1845 and 1856. It remained largely unchanged until about 1940, when the front was changed as a result of road widening. A school house had begun adjacent to the church site about 1838. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 5/8/2020.
Last Updated: Wednesday 5th August, 2020