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Category: Religious Buildings

Bishops Palace, Ballarat

Bishops Palace, Ballarat

Bishops Palace was built in 1877 as the residence of Bishop Michael O’Connor – the first bishop of the Diocese of Ballarat – and to provide space for the diocesan headquarters. The Ballarat Diocese was the first Victorian diocese outside of Melbourne and had opened the St Patrick’s Cathedral across the street from the palace just six years earlier.

The 2-storey Gothic bluestone mansion was designed by Reed and Barnes and built at a cost of £6,000. It was constructed by George Broom with internal plasterwork by William Taylor. It featured cast iron verandahs with ecclesiastical designs, a private chapel with an Italian marble altar and a dining room that could seat fifty guests. Read the rest of this entry »


Former Baptist Church in Ballarat

Former Baptist Church, Ballarat
$800,000 + GST

An old Baptist Church in central Ballarat is for sale. The classical Roman revival style church was designed by architect J. A. Doane and said to be one of his most important works. Construction began in 1866 and it was finally completed sometime between 1875 – 1879, making it over 133 years old. It features bluestone side walls which have not been rendered.

The building, with its Corinthian Roman portico, bears some resemblance to the Collins Street Baptist Church in Melbourne. In recent decades it was converted into a club/restaurant called the ‘White House’ and has also operated as Dawson’s Club and Bar. Read the rest of this entry »

Mount St. Mary’s Convent foreclosed

Mount St. Mary’s College and Convent

The heritage listed Mount St. Mary’s College and Convent was listed for sale in July under instructions from the mortgagee. The imposing and haunting building is said to contribute great aesthetic significance in the cultural landscape of the Blue Mountains and is a significant landmark in Katoomba.

The convent was designed by Nangle and Nurzey (later known as Henry E Budden & Nangle)and built in 1909-1910 for the Sisters of Charity, and shortly after completion they began accepting boarding students. Read the rest of this entry »