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Mary Immaculate Church

Item details

Name of item: Mary Immaculate Church
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Primary address: Victoria Street, Waverley, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Victoria StreetWaverleyWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Landmark church building. Important element in the historic Charing Cross townscape. Façade is considered a fine example of a 1920's Academic Classical remodelling. (Recorded in Identifying Australian Architecture as an illustrative example of the style). An example of the work of noted architects, Sheerin and Hennessy. Local, historical and social interest, particularly to the local Catholic community. Sources: Dowd, pp. 190-192. Apperly et al, Identifying Australian Architecture, p. 103. National Trust listing form.
Date significance updated: 08 Nov 99
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Construction years: 1890-1915
Physical description: Large cathedral with Classical Revival façade to lower part of building. Clerestorey level, with its two imposing bell towers, appears to be in a different style. Entrance formed by large, pedimented portico with four, imposing Ionic columns. Ionic pilasters continue around to the sides. Niches at front with statues. Towers are square with horizontal rendered bands. Modern buildings adjoining are reasonably sympathetic.
Current use: Church
Former use: Church


Historical notes: First Catholic Church built in 1854 on site of nearby St Charles School. Later churches on same site in 1866 and 1902. In 1879 the Franciscan Order of priests took over the work of Waverley Parish. In 1891 they built their Friary on this site. The present church was built beside the Friary in 1912. Originally a Romanesque style, designed by Sheerin and Hennessy. Builder was John Ptolomy. A major Classical remodelling was undertaken in 1929, to the design of Hennessy and Hennessy, WJ Bolton builder. Friary was unfortunately demolished in recent years, following a fire.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is of historical and cultural significance.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of architectural, aesthetic, landmark and streetscape/landscape significance.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
This item is of social significance.
SHR Criteria f)
This item is of rarity value significance.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact.
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study199019/4 - 0271Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Database number: 2620285

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