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St John the Baptist Catholic Church
St John the Baptist Catholic Church - Old Church 16-01-2014 - Elrebe56 - See Note.

St John the Baptist Catholic Church

Toodyay, WA 6566

Church Information

Church Name: St John the Baptist Catholic Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 36 Stirling Terrace, Toodyay WA 6566, Australia
Suburb: Toodyay
State: WA
Postcode: 6566
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

No Foundation Stone or Memorial Plaque details are known about the current building. Information/photographs are invited.

Date Opened: 17-11-1963
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


Toodyay was known as Newcastle between 1860 and 1910. The original townsite of "Old Toodyay"  having been relocated to "Newcastle", its current location, in the 1860s after flooding in the 1850s.

The first St John the Baptist Catholic Church was built in 1863, after the relocation from old Toodyay. The foundation stone of which was laid in January 1863 by Father Martin Giver assisted by Father Francis Salvado and Parish Priest Venanzio Garrido from the New Norcia mission. The building was completed and blessed by Christmas 1864.

The current building is the second St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Toodyay. It replaced the earlier church of the same name located across the road, and built in 1863/4, which had need of major repair. The current church was completed in 1963 and consecrated on 17/11/1963 by M McKeon, Auxiliary Bishop of Perth. The original, 1863 St John the Baptist Catholic Church, was closed, at the same time as the new one was opened, and is now privately owned.(Information from Wikipedia). 

More historical information/photographs of the churches/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 17/10/2018.


Note - New Church: Photograph attribution/source - By Elrebe56 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34598818 - Old Church - By Elrebe56 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30886167
Last Updated: Wednesday 17th October, 2018