St Patrick's Catholic Church


Shire of Waroona

Place Number



Cnr Millar St & South Western Hwy Waroona

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1941

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions or Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 28 Nov 1995 Category 3

Statement of Significance

St Patrick's Church has aesthetic significance having landmark value with its prominent corner location on the main street of town and because of its unique architectural style in relation to the other buildings within proximity.

Physical Description

The design of the church is Inter-War Romanesque despite its construction date falling into the Post-War period. This style is reflected in the moderately low-pitched gable roof, central wheel window set in a rounded arech and featuring a machicolation motif within the gable.


The first Catholic Mass held in Drakesbrook was celebrated in 1901 by the Rev. Father Donogher in the Drakesbrook Hall. The first Catholic Church in Waroona was opened in 1906, called St Mary's, and was the only Catholic Church between Bunbury and Armadale at the time. It was designed by Mr Cavanagh and the builder was Dawson Bros. Timber was donated by Millar's Trading Co. and the land was donated by Mr Barrett. In 1909, the districts of Pinjarra, Waroona, Yarloop and Harvey were constituted a Parish. Rev. Father Fahey was parish priest, residing in Yarloop. In 1914, Fahey was succeeded by Rev. Father McCabe and later Father Doddy. St Patrick's was built in 1941 and replaced St Mary's. The official opening was held on 19 August 1941, blessed by the most Rev. R. Prendiville. The architect was Mr E. Le B. Henderson and the contractors were Messrs Matheson and Spencer.


Name Type Year From Year To
Mr Cavanagh Architect - -

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

Inter-War Romanesque

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof TILE Ceramic Tile
Other GLASS Glass
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

17 Jun 1991

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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