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14-November-2014
14-November-2014

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A bell tower commemorates Reverend George Henry Backhaus (1812-1882) who held his first mass at Bendigo near the site of this church.

Reverend Backhaus sailed from Adelaide in the Marshal Bennett on 4 March 1852 , and arrived in Melbourne eleven days later. He  volunteered to make the gold diggings his mission field. An entry made by him in a family Bible states that on Sunday, 25 April 1852, he, 'having been appointed the first priest to take charge of the Catholic population on the Victorian goldfields, celebrated the first Mass in the Gold Commissioner's camp at Forest Creek diggings'. He said the first Sunday Mass in the Bendigo area on 2 May 1852.

Location

Address:181 McCrae Street, St. Kilians Catholic Church, Bendigo, 3550
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.755226
Long: 144.284218
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Religion
Approx. Event Start Date:1852
Approx. Event End Date:1852
Link: http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonl…

Dedication

Front Inscription

       THIS TOWER
   HAS BEEN ERECTED
    TO THE MEMORY OF
THE VERY REV Dr BACKHAUS
PIONEER PRIEST OF BENDIGO
WHO DIED SEPTr 1882 AGED 72 YEARS
       MAY HE REST IN PEACE
          BY J O`CONNELL NEE HALFPENNY

 

Source: MA, ADB
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