Tuesday, 23 October 2012

IN ST MARY'S, W. MELBOURNE

St Mary Star of the Sea is one of the most beautiful and historically significant churches in Australia. The foundation stone of St Mary's was laid in 1882 and the building was completed by 1900. Since 2002 restoration has been ongoing to restore the church to its original splendor. Built with seating for over 1,200 people, it has been described as the largest parish church in Melbourne, in Victoria, or even in Australia.

The church is quite splendid and unusually for churches in Australia, contains a grave, that of Monsignor Matthew Carey (1848-1928). He was a man of extraordinary vision and competence. He was given the distinguished title of Monsignor and was appointed as Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne in 1926 by Archbishop Mannix. He was appointed to the parish of West Melbourne in 1898. He oversaw the final stages of construction of the splendid church of St Mary Star of the Sea. He was no doubt involved with the installation of the significant three-manual Fincham organ in the west gallery, as he was very musical and encouraged fine performances of religious music in churches.

This post is part of the Taphophile Tragics meme,

and also part of the Our World Tuesday meme.











13 comments:

  1. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. Beautiful cathedral, Nick! Wonderful views and history! Another great look at a part of your world!! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a beautiful church, I believe we have one here with the same name. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Excellent photography of a beautiful church ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

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  5. So many wonderful things to see.

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  6. What a beautiful place! And, your images are just wonderful. I love the artwork and the time and talent that it took to create it.

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  7. A beautiful church Nick. Immaculately maintained.

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  8. The splendour of this church is sure a stark contrast to the mountain village in my post! Even the exquisitely carved marble top of the tomb can't be compared to the plain concrete tops of the Kalinga graves. Excellent captures, Nick.

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  9. Is it weird that I deplore many aspects of organised religion, but LOVE the architecture??!!

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  10. Beautiful, stunning photographs. I have to say that the picture of the candles is my favourite.

    Beneath Thy Feet

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