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St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church (former)

Item details

Name of item: St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church (former)
Other name/s: St Annes Catholic Church
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Location: Lat: -33.8922219117 Long: 151.0779744870
Primary address: St Annes Square, South Strathfield, NSW 2136
Parish: Concord
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Strathfield
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP232001
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
St Annes SquareSouth StrathfieldStrathfieldConcordCumberlandPrimary Address


Construction years: 1859-1864
Physical description: The church is significant primarily because of its strong associations with the important figure archpriest John Joseph Therry (1790-1864), cofounder of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia; champion of the rights of Irish immigrants and convicts; and patron of several church building projects in New South Wales and Tasmania.

The building derives considerable significance from its location in a village square conceived by Therry in 1837, which, although never fully realised, retains a townscape significance value not found elsewhere in New South Wales.

The modest character of the building reflects the needs and requirements of the time and the restrictions imposed by finances and the use of local building materials and techniques.

The church stands in the village square, conceived by Archpriest John Joseph Therry in 1837, the original foundation stone laid on 2 July 1841.

The church was built between 1859-64 and the subdivision streets were named for prominent ecclesiastics of the time.

Located in the north east corner of the square (the centre being too clayey) it is typical of an Irish village church with additions, such as the vestry with fireplace. Built of solid brick (cement rendered in 1952) with sandstone footing course. Dressed sills and cappings to the buttresses. The brick interior is painted to the dado level. The sanctuary is plastered with interesting stencil work. The rest of the square is now occupied by the new church, primary school and car park (RNE, 1987).
Modifications and dates: Church cement rendered in 1952
Current use: church, school

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
6. Educating-Educating Education-Activities associated with teaching and learning by children and adults, formally and informally. Catholic school-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship Church-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship Providing schools and education-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship church hall-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Persons-Activities of, and associations with, identifiable individuals, families and communal groups Associations with Arch Priest John JosephTerry, influential Catholic cleric-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act Garden and General Maintenance

Order Under Section 57(2) to exempt the following activities from Section 57(1):
(1) The maintenance of any building or item on the site where maintenance means the continuous protective care of existing material; and
(2) Garden maintenance including cultivation, pruning, weed control, the repair and maintenance of existing fences, gates and garden walls and tree surgery but not including extensive lopping.
Jan 9 1987
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0050802 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0050809 Jan 87 6 
Local Environmental Plan 24812 Mar 99 32 
Register of the National Estate  11 Aug 87   

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045376
File number: S90/04913 & HC 32950

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