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St Anne's Catholic Church

St Anne's Catholic Church

Cranbrook, WA 6321

Church Information

Church Name: St Anne's Catholic Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Catholic Church in Australia
Street Address: 24 Gordon St, Cranbrook WA 6321, Australia
Suburb: Cranbrook
State: WA
Postcode: 6321
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

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

"The church, built in 1938-39, is constructed of timber (weatherboard) with a steeply pitched corrugated iron roof with a gabled facade. The main part of the building is rectangular, with the addition of smaller wings, a porch with gable. The vestry appears to be an addition. The narrow arched windows are gothic style, as are the entrance doors. The facades in each section are adorned with timber gables, and at the apex of each is a hand carved cross, of which there are five in all. carved by Phil Walters. Inside the building are handcrafted wooden furnishings, also created by Phil Walters. The timber was supplied by Colmar Bros of Kendenup." [Extract from - http://inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/Public/Inventory/Details/c37408c4-74ea-4717-befb-3ef59409e72c]

Date Opened: 00-05-1939
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The St Anne's Catholic Church, Cranbrook, WA. "The construction of this building was due to local fund raising by parishioners whose dedication made it possible. They included the Toovey Family (a very significant pioneering family). Mrs Jean Kleeman, Mrs Rene Johnston, Mr and Mrs Togno, Mr and Mrs Phillips and Mr and Mrs Devine (the Devine family travelled in from Frankland for every service, son Jack and father in front with Mrs Devine seated on the back in a cane chair). Fund raising began in 1929, and town Lots 77-78 were purchased from Mr A P O'Donnell for the sum of £50. Mr G Duckett of Mount Barker was contracted to build the church for £525. The building was completed and opened in May 1939 by His Grace. Archbishop Prendiville of Perth. It was dedicated to St Anne, Mother of the Virgin Mary. The first priest was Rev Fr M Holohan. Mass was celebrated once a month in the new church. Previously Mass was celebrated once a month at Tenterden in the local hall. In the early 1990s a plan to relocate the church in Albany was opposed by local parishioners on the grounds that it had been financed and built by Cranbrook people, and so should remain there. The Bishop upheld the objections, and so the church continues to be used to celebrate Mass once a month." [Extract from - http://inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/Public/Inventory/Details/c37408c4-74ea-4717-befb-3ef59409e72c]  [Dec 2019 – No longer in use] 

Photograph uploaded 8/12/2019.

Last Updated: Monday 9th December, 2019