22-03-1871: St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Lilydale, Victoria.

The dedication ceremony for St Patrick’s Catholic Church at Lilydale in the Dandenong Ranges supposedly took place on Sunday the 19th of September 1870 as indicated in the article below but St Patrick’s Day was Friday the 17th which is correctly indicated on the memorial stone dated 1997. Although it was mentioned in 1871 that Ferguson & Urie had decorated the high altar, there is no longer any evidence of any artwork or stained glass by Ferguson & Urie in St Patrick’s at all.

The Argus, Melbourne, Wednesday 22nd March 1871, page 5.

The ceremony of solemnly blessing the now church of St. Patrick’s, Lilydale, took place last Sunday. The Right Rev. Dr. Goold was the officiating prelate. After a procession had marched around the exterior of the church, the bishop commenced the mass of the Patronage of St. Joseph. At the last gospel, the Very Rev. J. Dalton, superior of the Jesuits, preached a sermon suitable to the occasion. At the conclusion of the dedication ceremonial, the bishop addressed the congregation, and concluded by congratulating them and their pastor, Father Finn, of Heidelberg, in having brought their labour of love to so prosperous a termination. The church is built of a species of granite, from plans given gratuitously by Mr. A. Martelli. The style is German Gothic. Mr. David Mitchell, of Richmond, was the contractor; Messrs. Ferguson and Urie, of Melbourne, decorated’ the high altar; and Mr. Gaunt, of Bourke-street supplied the sanctuary fittings. It is only just to state that the above gentlemen have given tho fullest satisfaction. To honour the auspicious event of Sunday lost it has been arranged on an early day to give the children of Lilydale an al fresco entertainment on one of the numerous hills that are in the vicinity.”

Photos taken 13th September 2014.

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A full cycle of photos of all the windows at St Patrick’s can be seen on my Flickr photo stream here:

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