The Churches But No Entry!


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!”


Church Rock Walk – Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

12This 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”

St Patrick’s Catholic Church


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”


Cathedral Church of St Francis Xavier


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”


St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church


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 of Our Lady of Ascension


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”


Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church


Our Lady of Sorrows was the first stone Catholic church to be built in Riga after the Reformation – in 1785 – over 200 years after the beginning of the Reformation. Continue reading “Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church”


Sacred Heart Church – Irvinestown


The Gothic style Sacred Heart Church in local limestone and Newry Granodiorite is not especially old having been built in 1910 (with a significant extension in 1989). Continue reading “Sacred Heart Church – Irvinestown”