If you are following the “Lambie Walk’, which I referred to my first Cooma review, the next and last section of the walk covers three churches. If churches are not your thing you can head down Sharp Street to the town centre having visited the Southern Cloud Memorial. Continue reading “Cooma’s Boom Time Churches”
When I visit somewhere I like to drop into the local churches, synagogues, temples, cemeteries and such like. I do this not because I am terribly religious but rather because I find such sojourns peaceful and such places tend to hold a wealth of historical information and give you an insight into an area that you might not otherwise get.
In Port Adelaide three churches were on my list for a look:
St Paul’s Anglican Church
St Mary’s Catholic Church
Port Adelaide Uniting Church Continue reading “The Churches But No Entry!”
This is a modest 2km walk which is graded easy with the suggestion that it can be completed in an hour.
While there is a bit of a pull up to the Church Rock the loop walk is, overall, easy and I took around 50mins to complete it. Continue reading “Church Rock Walk – Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve”
European settlers arrived in the area around 1826 and Gundagai developed on the Murrumbidgee River flats. In 1846 a land grant was made to the Catholic Church, not in the town but to the north on the slopes of Mt Parnassus. Had the Catholics been banished from the township? Continue reading “St Patrick’s Catholic Church”
St Francis Xavier’s, on the end of Wakefield Street just of Victoria Square, is the major Roman Catholic church in Adelaide, the City of Churches. It takes its name from St Francis Xavier who was proclaimed patron of foreign missions by Pope Pius X. Continue reading “Cathedral Church of St Francis Xavier”
A truly modern building in a town where the majority of buildings date from the 15th century and earlier, St Joseph’s was built in 1894, after the demolition of the Franciscan convent (pre-1723 its was Dominican). The Church was designed by a Sighisoara architect Letz and has an organ made by Kerl Einschenk in 1908. Continue reading “St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church”
The Grotto was built in 1944 by members of the US 895th Engineering Regiment with the first service therein on Easter Sunday of that year. Built to serve military personnel, the original chapel was constructed from lava rock and recycled army hut materials. While there was a stone wall surrounding the altar area sandbags were used for the outer walls and kneeling pads. The statue of Our Lady was imported from the United States. The Grotto remained in use until the US base closed in 1947. Continue reading “The Grotto of Our Lady of Ascension”