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Black Range Church, Sandstone


Shire of Sandstone

Place Number

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Cnr Oroya & Thaduna Sts Sandstone

Location Details

Other Name(s)

St Athanasius Roman Catholic Church

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1908

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
State Register Registered 20 Jul 2004 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jun 1997 Category 2

Category 2

High level of protection appropriate: provide maximum encouragement to the owner under the Town Planning Scheme to conserve the significance of the place.

Statement of Significance

The Roman Catholic Church has high social significance as the main centre for the Catholic Church in Sandstone. The building also has high streetscape value, it being a prominent feature of the eastern section of the town. The place, in its isolated setting, has landmark value because of its striking yet simple design.

Physical Description

The church is timber framed, clad with corrugated iron and supported by timber stumps. Entry to the church is via several steps to a small entry porch attached to the eastern facade. The porch on the northwest corner could possibly be the priest's entrance. The roofline of this porch is covered by a lean-to roof with a slightly shallower pitch which appears to be an extension of the main roof. The church features a steeply pitched gable roof which has previously been painted green and seven slender louvre windows with pointed arch heads. A Iouvred air vent in the gable wall with a pointed top, which reflects the window shape, is situated high on the eastern facade. The guttering has come unattached or is missing in places. A wooden frame, possibly where the church bell hung, stands adjacent to the church.


The first Roman Catholic mass was held in Sandstone on 20 October, 1907. The church was built in 1908 and opened by Bishop Kelly of Geraldton on 29 November, 1908. A convent, which functioned as a convent-school for the local catholic children, was located immediately north of the church however this has been demolished. Although the Uniting Church had been using the building once a month there have been no regular services in recent times. About fifteen years ago the church bell was removed to Meekatharra.


Integrity: High Degree


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
S Senior; "From Gold to Wool and Back Again".

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
4773 Conservation plan for Black Range Church (formerly St Athanasius' Church) : Sandstone : Western Australia. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1999

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel
Original Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel

Architectural Styles

Federation Carpenter Gothic

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall METAL Corrugated Iron
Other TIMBER Other Timber

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Education & science

Creation Date

28 Apr 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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