The Redemptorist Church, North Perth, Western Australia


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The Redemptorist Church, North Perth, Western Australia


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A view of the Redemptorist Church in North Perth, Western Australia. An entrance porch with decorative crenellations and a large traceried window containing five stained glass and lead light panels dominate the church’s appearance. The door is surrounded by gothic arches decorated with acanthus leaves, and is flanked on either side by stone buttresses and niches. The Greek letters Alpha and Omega are clearly visible on the door, signifying that Christ is the beginning and ending of all things.

This Federation Gothic Style church and the adjoining monastery were designed by Michael and James Cavanagh in 1902 for the Redemptorist Order of the Catholic Church, which had been newly established in WA in 1899. The church was opened by Bishop Gibney and Abbot Torres (from New Norcia) on 13 September 1903 and is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. An additional monastery wing was added in 1912 and a chapel and transept in 1922. The monastery and church together were added to the WA Heritage register in 2006.


McEwan, Joanne


4 February 2011


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