Welcome to Sts Peter & Paul’s Old Cathedral Goulburn NSW.​

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About the Cathedral

Our Cathedral is a tired beauty, and with every storm a little more is washed away.

As we prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Cathedral in 2022, the Cathedral is undergoing a new stage of urgent and extensive conservation and restoration works.

We hope it will become a place of international pilgrimage as we work together to achieve the Pontifical blessing that will enable Sts Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral to become Australia’s sixth Basilica.

Sts Peter & Paul’s Old Cathedral Timeline.​

1788

The First Fleet arrived in Australia and Sydney is founded as a British convict settlement. Catholics are among the convicts and solders.

1820

The first land grants were made to free settlers in the Goulburn area.

1833

The first Mass was celebrated in the district by Fr John Therry.

1841

The first stone was laid in Verner Street for a Catholic Church.

1847

The first brick Catholic church was completed and extended over the next 20 years.

1862

The Goulburn diocese was created.

1867

Bishop Lanigan was consecrated in the church, the first Australian Bishop to be consecrated in his own church.

1871

Construction of the Cathedral Nave was commenced, around the original church.

1872

The Nave was completed opened and blessed by Archbishop Polding.

1882

The Cathedral transepts, sanctuary, tower and sacristy were commenced.

1887

The foundation stone of the Cathedral sanctuary was laid by Cardinal Moran on May 15th.

1889

The Cathedral was dedicated by Cardinal Moran on April 25th.

1890

The Cathedral construction was completed, opened and blessed by Cardinal Moran on June 29th.

1927

Extensive renovations commenced and alterations made to the Cathedral interior

1948

Bishop Macguire appointed first Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn

1952

Redecoration of Cathedral interior

1958

Further redecoration carried out

1969

Official relocation of Diocesan See to Canberra

1977

Repair works to Sanctuary, roof and gutters.

1980

Repairs to organ completed

1987

Centenary celebration of the parish

1990

Commencement of external conservation and restoration works

2006

Appeal launched by Prime Minister Howard with $1.5m grant. Cathedral and precinct added to the NSW State Heritage Register

2007

Work began on excavation under the sanctuary and stabilising the foundations

2016

Essential repairs to stained glass

2018

Commenced repairs to damaged stonework on tower

2020

New campaign to undertake conservation and internal repair and restoration works

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Sts Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral 36 Verner Street

Goulburn NSW 2580

(02) 6239 9863

A project of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and the Sts Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral Restoration Appeal.

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