St Joseph's Catholic Church - Former
St Joseph's Catholic Church - Former 11-01-2020 - Alex Ford - See Note.
St Joseph's Catholic Church - Former 11-01-2020 - Alex Ford - See Note.

St Joseph's Catholic Church - Former

Learmonth, VIC 3352

Church Information

Church Name: St Joseph's Catholic Church - Former
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 401-407 High St, Learmonth VIC 3352, Australia
Suburb: Learmonth
State: VIC
Postcode: 3352
Foundation Stone Laid: 00-00-1973
Foundation Stone Notes: 

The foundation stone was laid in 1873 by Bishop Goold of Melbourne. The text on the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited.

A plaque records: To the Greater Glory of God - this is to commemorate the - celebration on Sunday May 16, 1976 - marking the centenary of - this Church of St Joseph - Learmonth.

A plaque on the fence records: St Joseph's Catholic Church - 1857 - In 1857 a beautiful site on the northern side of the Lake was granted to the Catholics of Learmonth for religious purposes. After a meeting of the district congregation, it was decided to build a long wooden church. During the week days it was used for school. A new brick church, based on a design by the English architect Charles Hansom, was completed in 1876.

Date Opened: 17-05-1876
Date Closed: 12-01-2020


The former St Joseph's Catholic Church, Learmonth was part of the Parish of Wendouree and the Diocese of Ballarat. The decision to build the first wooden church/school was taken in 1857. The present church building was erected on the same site and consecrated by the First Bishop of Ballarat, the Most Rev Dr O'Connor, on 17/5/1876. The final service in the church building was held on 12/1/2020. The church was then closed and the property sold in December 2021. No other details are known. More historical information/photographs of the former church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 4/11/2021.

Note: Photograph attribution/source -
Last Updated: Sunday 26th December, 2021