Historical information

St Patrick's Cathedral first conducted services from 1851 onwards, the parish of Ballarat was instituted in 1852.The first Parish Priest was Father Matthew Downing,who selected in 1853 the two acres site for this church which was granted under a crown Grant in 1855.

The style of the church is early Gothic from the era of Edward the 1st in the 13th Century. (http://www.ballarat.catholic.org.au/parishes/default.cfm?loadref=93, accessed 13 November 2013)

Bishop James Alipius Goold OSA (Bishop of Melbourne) celebrated Mass in St Patrick's Ballarat on Sunday November 8th 1863.
The Bishop had laid the foundation stone for the Church in 1858 and by November 1863 the Church was sufficiently completed to be used on a regular basis. (http://stpatscathedral.weebly.com/, accessed 13 November 2013)

See http://www.ballarat.catholic.org.au/aboutus/default.cfm?loadref=9

Physical description

A series of coloured digital photographs showing the bluestone church known as St Patrick's Cathedral, Ballarat.