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St Mary`s Memorial Stone / April 2014
St Mary`s Memorial Stone / April 2014

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

Memorial stone which commemorates the completion of St Mary`s Cathedral was blessed at the close of the 3rd Australasian Catholic Conference in 1909.

The Catholic Congress was brought to a close, as it opened, with brilliant religious ceremonies at St. Mary's Cathedral. After the ceremonies a procession was then formed from the sanctuary to the south external end of the Cathedral, where Cardinal Moran blessed and laid the foundation-stone of the additions which are to complete the structure. The stone, a massive block of Pyrmont sandstone, bore this inscription :—This memorial stone for the completion of St. Mary's Cathedral was solemnly blessed by Cardinal Moran, Archbishop of Sydney, in the presence of the assembled bishops, clergy, and laity, at the close of the third Australasian Catholic Congress, Rosary Sunday, October 3, 1909. Mr. J. Nangle was the architect. After the laying of the memorial stone, the members of Congress assembled at St. Mary's presbytery, where group photos were taken. 
Excerpt from Southern Cross (Adelaide), 8 October 1909.


Address:College Street, St Mary`s Cathedral , Sydney, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.871179
Long: 151.213175
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 3rd October, 1909
Front Inscription

    This Memorial Stone
  For The Completion Of
     St Mary’s Cathedral
  Was Solemnly Blessed By

In The Presence Of The Assembled Bishops, Clergy And Laity
 At The Close Of The
Third Australasian Catholic Congress
On Rosary Sunday
   October 3rd AD 1909


Source: MA
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