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St Joseph's Catholic Church
St Joseph's Catholic Church 20-06-2023 - John Huth, Wilston, Brisbane
St Joseph's Catholic Church 20-06-2023 - John Huth, Wilston, Brisbane

St Joseph's Catholic Church

Murrurundi, NSW 2338

Church Information

Church Name: St Joseph's Catholic Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 59 Polding St, Murrurundi NSW 2338, Australia
Suburb: Murrurundi
State: NSW
Postcode: 2338
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

A plaque records: A Brief History of St Joseph's Murrurunda - In 1840 Thomas Haydon donated 2 1/2 acres - for a church and cemetery - On 18th May 1841 Father Joseph Lynch (later Dean) - blessed and laid the foundation stone for a wooden - chapel and consecrated the cemetery.  The chapel was - completed in 1841. This was replaced by the current - stone building in 1860 which Arch Bishop Polding - blessed and dedicated to St Joseph on 19th February - 1860. The parish of St Joseph's Murrurundi - was established in 1869.

A plaque on the a bell frame records: Garden of Celebration - our ancestors' faith...our own journey...and - the Federation of our land. - The adjacent convent was built by Fr Finn - for The Singleton Sisters of Mercy - 1880 ~ 1970 - Foundation stone and bell from St Joseph's School - Built 1930.

A plaque records: St Joseph's Church - Murrurundi - originally opened with the rite of simple blessing - on - 19th February, 1860 - by - Archbishop John Bede Polding OSB - consecrated in the rite of solemn dedication - by - The Bishop of Maitland - on - 20th May, 1990. - Fr Brian Gibbons, Parish Priest.

A plaque records: Sesquicentenary - celebrated 10th July 2010 - Bishop Michael Malone - Father John Woods PP.

Date Opened: 19-02-1860
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The St Joseph's Catholic Church, Murrurundi is part of the Parish of Murrurundi and the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The present church building was opened on 19/2/1860 by Archbishop Polding, and replaced an earlier wooden chapel erected in 1841. The church celebrated its sesquicentenary in 2010. A cemetery is located close to the church. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 19/6/2022 & 9/8/2023.

Note: Photograph attribution/source - https://www.mn.catholic.org.au/places/parishes/murrurundi/st-josephs-murrurundi/


Last Updated: Wednesday 9th August, 2023