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14-March-2014
14-March-2014

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The Thomas Little Memorial Hall, which was formerly the Church of the Immaculate Conception, was rededicated after extensive building renovations in 1979 to commemorate Thomas Little.

Thomas Little was a local landowner who sponsored Irish Catholic settlement in the Dardanup area. Little provided the land and building materials for the establishment of the Church and monastery for his household, tenant farmers and local community and raised funds for its completion.

The church land and materials were donated by Thomas Little in 1852 to Dr Serra for construction of a church and monastery, similar to St Benedicts Monastery of Subiaco and New Norcia. Building began in 1854 and the building was in use until 1938. The church was the first Roman Catholic Church to be built in Western Australia. It was used as a school in the 1870's and again from 1938.

Location

Address:Ferguson Road, Catholic Precinct, Dardanup, 6236
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.397828
Long: 115.754742
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Settlement
Monument Manufacturer:Thomas Little
Link:http://www.heritage.wa.gov.au

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1979
Front Inscription

Thomas Little Memorial Hall

This plaque was blessed by Bishop Gerard Holohan on the 5th December 2004

150th anniversary celebration of the foundation of the origianl Immaculate Conception Church.

Source: MA,HWA
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