Sunday, 23 March 2008

St Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church

The first Catholic church in Arncliffe was opened on 3 Dec 1911. It was a brick structure capable of sitting 400 people, used as a school during the week and a church on Sundays.

This church was built at the height of the Great Depression. Other land owned by the church was sold. The architect was Clement Clancy. It incorporated a distinctive 107 feet high round Celtic tower. Estimated cost was 14 000 pounds. The external brickwork is particularly fine, as is the internal fittings of Cudegong and Kaloolah marble and polished silky oak.

Merged with Rockdale Parish on 1st January, 2003.

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