St James' Old Anglican Cathedral
St James' Old Anglican Cathedral 27-11-2014 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria
St James' Old Anglican Cathedral 27-11-2014 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria

St James' Old Anglican Cathedral

West Melbourne, VIC 3003

Church Information

Church Name: St James' Old Anglican Cathedral
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Anglican Church of Australia
Street Address: Batman St & King St, West Melbourne VIC 3003, Australia
Suburb: West Melbourne
State: VIC
Postcode: 3003
Foundation Stone Laid: 19-11-1839
Foundation Stone Notes: 

A plaque records: Foundation stone of the original St James' Old Cathedral was laid on the 9th November 1839, by Superintendent La Trobe. The first service was held on the 2nd October was the first stone church in the city of Melbourne and John Batman was one of its subscribers. Melbourne's first church of England Bishop Charles Perry, was enthroned in St James' in 1848. St James' formerly stood on a site off Collins Street, but after St Paul's Cathedral was established it was removed to the present King St site 1913-14 and rebuilt stone by stone.

The National Trust of Australia - Victoria plaque records: St James' Old Cathedral. Blue historic plaque records St James' Old Cathedral...was Melbourne's Cathedral from 1848 until 1891...".

Date Opened: 02-10-1842
Date Closed: unknown


The St James' Old Anglican Cathedral, West Melbourne is part of the Diocese of Melbourne. The church building was opened for worship, although unfinished, on 2/10/1842, and was consecrated in 1853. When the first bishop of Melbourne, Charles Perry was enthroned on 28/1/1848, St James, became the Cathedral church of the new diocese. However it was soon too small and lacked the prestige of the city of Melbourne. It was replaced by St Paul's Cathedral, which was opened on 22/1/1891, at which time St James' reverted to the status of a parish church. To free up its site, it was moved stone by stone, to its current location, and reopened on 19/4/19141. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 30/1/2015 & 10/8/2021.


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Last Updated: Tuesday 10th August, 2021