St Andrew's Church


Shire of Katanning

Place Number



Arbour St Katanning

Location Details

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1898

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 1

Statement of Significance

St Andrew's Church was the first Church to be built in the district, and one of the earliest buildings, thereby it has high historical, religious and architectural significance. The building of the church was made possible by the community efforts and generosity of the Piesse family and Millar Bros. Collectively, the church and hall buildings create a minor precinct of red brick buildings with stucco detailing that is reflective of the development of Katanning in the years 1898-1911. They are also closely linked to the prominent Piesse family who shoed great generosity to the establishment of these buildings. St Andrew's also contributes to Katanning's sense of place as a reminder of European settlement of the area and the fulfilment of their religious and social needs.

Physical Description

The church is in a modest Federation Gothic design, utilising the yellow brick of the district with restrained stucco detailing. The building is representative of late nineteenth century church architecture, featuring brick buttresses with stucco caps. Stucco Gothic arches are utilised for all windows and doors and interior walls have been rendered and painted. The church is a simple four bay auditory plan with vestry and lancet windows with three framed lead light panes.


The first Anglican services were held in Katanning, in the Katanning Hotel, as early as 1890, and they later moved into Piesse's newly completed hall in Argent Street.? Mrs F H Piesse laid the foundation stone of the church building on 25th June 1898. Bishop Riley consecrated the Church on the 9th October 1898. The architect was P W Harrison of Perth, and the builder was A J Stewart of York. Piesse donated 40,000 bricks and Messrs Millar Bros. Made a gift of the timber. The church was named at St Andrew's Church in Hartburn, a tiny village in Northumberland, England, where the Bishop had preached while on a visit to England the previous year. Bishop Riley presented the valuable gift of a set of chancel furniture, drapes and a solid silver communion chalice and paten for the new Church from the people of Hartburn. The beautiful East window, depicting the Ascension, and the enlargements to the Sanctuary were dedicated on 26th March 1911. The brass lectern, made by Mr G Holdsworth of Bridgetown, was given by parishioners in memory of Mr F H Piesse. The jarrah panelling in memory of Mrs William Pemble, and the Sanctuary lamp, were added in the 1930s. The side alter of Mr S Hugh, given in memory of RH Pelham-Thorman, was dedicated on 2nd November 1943 and the Processional Cross came from the Brotherhood of S Boniface. A new electronic organ, costing £675 was dedicated on 22 October 1961 and installed in memory of Frank Jenner. The rectory in Aberdeen Street was built in 1969.


Fair - Good


Name Type Year From Year To
P W Harrison Architect 1898 -


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Doncaster EW; An historical record of all buildings used for public worship in the [Anglican] Dioceses of Bunbury, the North-West andKalgoorlie". 1957-69
Heritage Council Assessment form
Kowald C; "St Andrew's Parish". in Anderson R (ed); Katanning: A Century of Stories, Shire of Katanning"." 1988
National Trust Assessment form

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 Gothic

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall RENDER Other Render

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

20 Feb 2013

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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