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St Mary's Catholic Church
St Mary's Catholic Church 07-04-2021 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria
St Mary's Catholic Church 07-04-2021 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria

St Mary's Catholic Church

Axedale, VIC 3551

Church Information

Church Name: St Mary's Catholic Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 15 Raglan Pl E, Axedale VIC 3551, Australia
Suburb: Axedale
State: VIC
Postcode: 3551
Foundation Stone Laid: 16-02-1902
Foundation Stone Notes: 

No Foundation Stone or Memorial Plaque details are known for the first St Mary's church buildings. Information/photographs are invited.

The foundation stone for the present building records: This stone was laid on the - 16th day of February, 1902 - by the - Most Rev Dr Reville OSA - Bishop of Sandhurst.

A plaque on a rock records: To commemorate 140 years of worship - on this site and the centenary of the - present St Mary's Church Axedale - 1902 ~ 2002. - Mons F K Marriott ~ Parish Priest - Joseph Grech DD ~ Bishop of Sandhurst.

A heritage sign records: St Mary's Catholic Church. - In 1861, Rev Dr Henry Backhaus donated a ten-acre allotment at Axedale on which to build a Catholic Church. Opened for worship in 1862, St Mary's Catholic Church, built on the hill near the present church...The church was used until it was deemed unsafe and tenders for its demolition were called for in 1900. For a period of time, Mass was said in a hall owned by the Drake family at the Campaspe Hotel...largely of bluestone from the former church, the new St Mary's Catholic Church opened in 1902...St Mary's Catholic Church continues to offer services today.

Date Opened: 09-02-1862
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The St Mary's Catholic Church, Axedale is part of the Parish of Kensington and the Diocese of Sandhurst. The first St Mary's was opened on 9/2/1862, with the Rev Dr Henry Backhaus leading the proceedings. Dr Backhaus had contributed personally to the cost of the building. The present church building was opened in 1902. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 29/4/2021.
Last Updated: Tuesday 23rd November, 2021