Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Deloraine


Cnr Goderich & Parsonage St. Google maps.

Opened 1886, replacing a smaller, wooden building.

Photo Holy Redemeer, c.1907


DELORAINE. (From our own Correspondent.) On Sunday last a meeting of the Roman Catholics of the district was held in their church, at which it was unanimously resolved that, as the present church was not spacious enough to afford accommodation to the increased congregation, a movement be inaugurated for collecting funds for the erection of a new church. A subscription list was opened, and the sum of over £300 was promised, of which Rev. E. F. Walsh and Mr J. M. Griffin promised £50 each, Mr James Sullivan £25, and the munificent sum of £100 was bequeathed for this object by the late lamented Mr John Griffin.
Launceston Examiner, 28 January 1881

Deloraine Improvements. — The tender of Mr Davern for the new Catholic Church at Deloraine, has been accepted at £4600. The budding is to be of bluestone and freestone, and will be proceeded with at once.
Daily Telegraph, 22 April 1884


The New Catholic Church, Deloraine — The foundation-stone of the new Catholic Church, Deloraine, will be solemnly laid by His Lordship the Bishop of Hobart on Monday, November 10. A sermon will be preached by the Rev. E.J. Murphy, of Victoria, after which subscriptions towards the building will be laid upon the stone. A tea will be provided on the ground adjoining, and in the evening the Launceston Dramatic Club will give an entertainment in the Town Hall in aid of the funds of the above building.
Daily Telegraph, 4 November 1884

The ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the above church took place at Deloraine yesterday, as announced, and was attended by a large concourse of people, many of whom had come long distances for the purpose of being present. Among the rev. gentlemen in attendance were His Lordship the Bishop of Hobart, Rev. Archdeacon Hogan, of Westbury : Father Noone, Latrobe ; Father Murphy, from Victoria ; and Father Sheehy, from Hobart. The stone was laid in the presence of a large assemblage shortly before 1 p.m., by His Lordship after which the Rev. Father Murphy, a Jesuit priest from Victoria, preached a most forcible and powerful sermon. Subscriptions were then placed upon the stone towards the building fund, and very shortly over £400 was handed in, the amounts varying from 1s to £50. In the afternoon a sumptuous spread was provided on the ground adjoining the new building, and in the even ing a dramatic and musical entertainment was given in the Town Hall in aid of the funds of the church. The whole sum up to date amounts to £463. The new church, which will be a handsome and substantial edifice, after the style of the one at Westbury, will be almost upon the site of the old one, and is only a stone’s throw from the railway station.
Daily Telegraph, 11 November 1884


The New Catholic Church at Deloraine. — The new Catholic Church, which has been erected at Deloraine, will be solemnly dedicated to Divine worship by his Lordship the Bishop of Hobart on Tuesday next (Prince of Wales’ Birthday.) Solemn high mass will begin at 11 a.m. in the presence of the Bishop, when Haydn’s No. 3 Imperial Mass will be rendered by the choir of the Church of the Apostles, assisted by a few friends. Solemn vespers will be held at 7 p m. The Jesuit Missionary, the Rev. Father Oliver Daly, of Hawthorn (Victoria), will preach the dedicatory sermons. It is announced that a collection will be made towards defraying; a heavy debt, which exists upon the church, and which, we learn, amounts to £1100. The object is a most deserving one, and we trust that many sympathisers will come forward to assist in liquidating a debt which has been incurred for such a noble purpose
Daily Telegraph, 4 Novmeber 1886


The opening of the new Roman Catholic Church at Deloraine, dedicated to our Holy Redeemer, took place to-day with great eclat, in the presence of the Bishop of Hobart, a goodly number of the Roman Catholic clergy, and a very large congregation. To use a homely phrase, the day was all that could be desired, and the holiday drew a great attendance. At 8 o’clock the Bishop and clergy performed the ceremonies connected with the blessing of the sacred edifice, and at 11 o’clock the building was filled with worshippers for the grand High Mass.

Launceston Examiner, 10 November 1886

The grandest and ?? of events at Deloraine on Tuesday was the opening of the Catholic Church. The Bishop of Hobart and the clergy performed the ceremony of blessing the new church of the Holy Redeemer and at 11 o’clock the High Mass was celebrated. His Lordship the Bishop presided, vested in cope and mitre, and was attended to the altar by Rev. Dean Beechinor and the Ven. Archdeacon Hogan. The celebrant of the Mass was Father Hennerby ; deacon, Father J. M’Kernan ; sub-deacon, Father Murphy (assisted by Fathers Noone, Feehan, Holeman, Walsh, and Kelsh) The choir of the Church of the Apostles, Launceston, assisted by friends from Launceston, rendered Haydn’s Imperial 3rd Mass, numbering about 30 vocalists and instrumentalists, and the rendering was the grandest ever listened to in Deloraine.
Daily Telegraph, 11 November 1886


School in foreground.

2 thoughts on “Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Deloraine

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    Philomena Monaghan Kilgarriff Headford Co.Galway

    May 30, 2018 at 8:08am

    Beautiful Church and interesting detail on fundraising and building of it so long ago
    I live in the west of Ireland and I believe that Monsignor Thomas Monaghan from this farm enhanced the Church with a marble alltar donated by the Fitzpatrick Family.
    I would like to know if that altar is still there and as we have never been to Hobart we his family would like to know how he died and see his gravestone. Thank you and wishing we will get news from Hobart.

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      February 25, 2021 at 2:33am

      Hi Philomena

      Just thought I’d let you know that there’s a beaut website run by the Australian gov’t that contains all the old newspapers, articles and records etc from the past. The article below is one good example if you can actually view it. There are many other articles on the Fitzpatricks that may interest you. A William Fitzpatrick ran the Deloraine Hotel and I believe he contributed towards the marble altar in Deloraine. I found other information on him but, cannot find that particular article. Once I do, I’ll post it to you if you actually get this reply. It’s been almost three years when you posted it.


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