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St Joseph's Church


City of Busselton

Place Number

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70 Kent St Busselton

Location Details

Local Government



South West

Construction Date

Constructed from 1933, Constructed from 1971

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 13 Aug 2014

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 20 Jun 1996 Category 1

Category 1

Category 1 places are the most important places in the Shire with the highest cultural heritage values and generally have built features that are part of their significance. Some of these places have been included in the State Register, and are afforded statutory protection under the Heritage of Western Australia Act. Other places in Category 1 should also be assessed by the Heritage Council for possible inclusion in the Register. All places in Category 1 should be included in the Town Planning Scheme, given protection under he scheme, and incentives developed to assist with long term conservation. Incentives might be financial in the form of low interest loans and grants, or non-financial, such as development incentives and conservation advice.

RHP - Does not warrant assessment Current 26 Aug 2011

Heritage Council

Statement of Significance

St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church a brick, stucco and iron church in the Inter-War Gothic style has cultural heritage significance as a good and modest example of the style. It is a local landmark and holds a special place for Busselton’s Roman Catholics. The place remains significant as a place of worship and contributes to the community’s sense of place.

Physical Description

The church has a steeply pitched gable roof, arched windows and horizontal stucco bands.

A simple brick stucco and iron church in the Inter-War Gothic style with its entrance at theeasternendofthenave,anunusualplanform. Thewindowsareintheperpendicularstyleandthenarthex simply treated with a crenulated parapet. St Josephs is cruciform in plan and designed in the neo-Gothic style, common for ecclesiastical buildings from this period. The new church c1933 consisted of a nave with a large sanctuary and two small sacristies. Two side chapels in transept form were added, and at the eastern end of the nave, a gallery was formed to provide an area for the choir. The interior wall treatment is finished to represent stone, while the nave and the transept ceilings are panelled in jarrah between principals of Oregon to give colour. Externally, the building is finished in cut and struck brickwork, with cement dressings and adorned with two octagonal turrets to the front. An ample portico at the entrance and a supplementary entrance on the north side are completed with a castellated parapet adding further grace and symmetry.


The church as designed by E. le B Henderson who took over Cavanagh and Cavanagh’s role as principal architects for the Roman Catholic Church. Berry Brothers built the church and Roman Catholic Archbishop Clune opened it on 3 September 1933. It replaced the original 1866 church across the street.


Integrity Notes: The place retains a high degree of integrity. In 1971 extensive renovations were carried out on St. Joseph’s Church, the first major work undertaken since the church was erected in 1933. The additions and renovations cost $12,000. Alterations to the church included the addition of a new white marble altar and two stained glass windows to the Sanctuary. Plans were drawn up by Mr Phil Ryan and Mr Bob Forsythe.
Authenticity Notes: The place retains a high degree of authenticity.

High Degree/High Degree



Place Type

Individual Building or Group


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

Architectural Styles

Inter-War Gothic

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof TILE Other Tile
Wall BRICK Common Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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