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St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral

St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral

Bunbury, WA 6230

Church Information

Church Name: St Patrick's Catholic Cathedral
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 11 Money St, Bunbury WA 6230, Australia
Suburb: Bunbury
State: WA
Postcode: 6230
Foundation Stone Laid: 00-00-1919
Foundation Stone Notes: 

"Inside the Narthex, are the foundation/dedication stones. The first stone is the foundation stone that was laid for St Patrick’s Church.  Written in Latin it translates to:

“This stone in honour of St Patrick was laid by the - Most Revered P. Verling V.G - On the 14th day of November 1920 - And the Church dedicated by the - Most Revered P. J Clune CSSR Archbishop of Perth - On the 27th day of November 1921.


The Venerable Archdeacon Smyth V.F was Parish Priest.


The second stone is the rededication stone for when St Patrick’s Church became a cathedral in 1954, following the establishment of the Bunbury Diocese.  Prior to this, Bunbury was a parish in the Archdiocese of Perth.


The third stone is the dedication stone of the current cathedral." (Extract - Church Website - See Below).    

Dedication stone records: This Stone Commemorates the Dedication of the New - St Patrick's Cathedral - By Bishop Gerard Holohan - Fourth Bishop of Bunbury - on 17th March 2011...

Date Opened: 17-03-2011
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


"The foundation stone of St Patrick’s was laid in 1919.  Its doors were opened to the local community just two years later.  Some of the older parishioners still recall how local limestone rocks were carried up from the beach on bullock trains, and how, as children, they carried bricks, two at a time, for the exterior works.  Others speak of stories they heard from their parents and grandparents about their part in building the Cathedral. Other Bunbury residents and people from areas in the South West recall watching the Cathedral being built.


Originally St Patrick’s was built as a parish church.  However, in 1954 it was proclaimed a cathedral by Pope Pius XII when he established the Catholic Diocese of Bunbury. 


On 16 May 2005, a tornado tore through Bunbury, devastating the city and shifting the Cathedral on its foundations resulting in its demolition." (Extract - Church Website - See Below).


More historical information/photographs of the cathedral/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 3/11/2018.

For more information see the catherdal website - https://www.bunburyparish.org/visitors-guide
Last Updated: Saturday 3rd November, 2018