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St Mary's Church, Whanganui, around 1877

St Mary's Church, Whanganui, around 1877

The first small Catholic chapel of St Mary's in Whanganui opened in 1857, mainly to serve Catholic settlers and Irish troops stationed in the town. The church in this photograph, the second St Mary's, opened in 1877. There were other Catholic missions serving Māori further up the Whanganui River. This church was closed in 1973 and a third St Mary's opened in 1977 in Campbell Street. This contains the font, stained-glass windows, statues, vessels, organ and part of the altar rails from the 1877 church.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William James Harding Collection (PAColl-3042)
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Photograph by William James Harding

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Rory Sweetman, 'Catholic Church - Irish settler church', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 October 2021)

Story by Rory Sweetman, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 17 Jul 2018