St John's Catholic Church, Richmond
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St John’s Catholic Church, Richmond

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St John’s Catholic Church, is found on the banks of the Coal River is located in Richmond, Tasmania and is the oldest still-functioning Catholic Church in Australia.

The church opened on 31 December 1837.  The church is considered Australia’s oldest Catholic Church, although this may not be totally accurate.  The foundation stone for St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney was laid in 1821, but the original chapel was destroyed by fire in 1865.

The church is a short walk from the Richmond Bridge.   It is beautifully maintained, but it was disappointing to see the paving that had been used to create the car park outside which detracts from the look of the building.

From the front, the view of the church with the beautiful garden gives a great photo opportunity.

If you are stopping in Richmond to see the bridge, it is well worth the short walk up to the church.

St John's Catholic Church, Richmond
The church from the historic Richmond Bridge
St John's Catholic Church, Richmond
St John's Catholic Church, Richmond
St John's Catholic Church, Richmond
St John's Catholic Church, Richmond

St John\'s Catholic Church, Richmond, Tasmania

St John’s Church, is found on the banks of the Coal River is located in Richmond, Tasmania. It is the oldest still-functioning Catholic Church in Australia.

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