Christ Church Old Cathedral
Christ Church Old Cathedral 17-04-2014 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria
Christ Church Old Cathedral - Hall - Former Common School 16-01-2020 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria

Christ Church Old Cathedral

St Arnaud, VIC 3478

Church Information

Church Name: Christ Church Old Cathedral
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Anglican Church of Australia
Street Address: Queens Ave & Raglan St, St Arnaud VIC 3478, Australia
Suburb: St Arnaud
State: VIC
Postcode: 3478
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

No Foundation Stone or Memorial Plaque details are known. Information/photographs are invited.

A stone tablet records: Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets - Christ Jesus himself being the Cornerstone - Christ Church - Old Cathedral - The Diocese of St Arnaud was created from the Territory - of the Diocese of Ballarat 30 September 1926 - 1st Bishop: Melville Charles James ~ 1926 ~ 1950 - 2nd Bishop: Allen Ernest Winter ~ 1951 ~ 1973 - 3rd Bishop: David Hubert Warner Shand ~ 1973 ~ 1976 - Amalgamated with the Diocese of Bendigo 1 January 1977.

An historical plaque records: Christ Church Old Cathedral - Anglican clerics were known to be visiting St Arnaud as early as 1858, when a congregation worshipped at an unidentified site. This church was built and consecrated on December 29, 1872 by the Right Reverend Charles Perry, the first Bishop of Melbourne. In 1877, the vestry was built in the space now used as a baptistry and porches, and an organ was purchased. Between 1926 and 1977, the town was the seat of a bishop, so this building became a cathedral...

A plaque records: The Alterations and - Renovations to the Cathedral - were hallowed by - + Allen, Second Bishop of St Arnaud, - on Friday 5th November, 1971. - In the presence of - Archbishop Sir Philip Strong - Former Primate.


Date Opened: 29-12-1872
Date Closed: unknown


The Christ Church Old Cathedral was consecrated on December 29, 1872. Between 1926 and 1977, the town was the seat of a bishop, so this building was during this time a cathedral. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 27/11/2016 & 24/2/2020.
Last Updated: Monday 24th February, 2020