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St Mary's Cathedral
St Mary's Cathedral is located in Hobart
St Mary's Cathedral
St Mary's Cathedral
Location in Hobart
42°52′52″S 147°19′09″E / 42.881147°S 147.319248°E / -42.881147; 147.319248
Location Hobart, Tasmania
Country Australia
Denomination Catholic
Status Cathedral
Founded 12 September 1860 (1860-09-12)
Dedication Sacred Heart
Dedicated 29 June 1865 (1865-06-29)
rededicated 23 January 1881 (1881-01-23)
Consecrated 14 July 1866
Functional status Active
  • William Wardell (1860)
  • Henry Hunter (1898)
Architectural type Cathedral
Style Gothic Revival architecture
Years built
  • 1822 (first cathedral)
  • 1866 (nave completed)
  • 1881 (rebuilt)
Groundbreaking 1860
Length 26 metres (84 ft)
Width 16 metres (52 ft)
Nave width 5.5 metres (18 ft)
Nave height 5.8 metres (19 ft)
Materials Sandstone
Bells Ring of 10 Bells and two semitones
Parish Cathedral
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Hobart
Province Hobart

St Mary's Cathedral in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Hobart, presently the Most Rev. Julian Porteous.

The Cathedral's origins can be traced back to 1822 when the first permanent Tasmanian priest Reverend Philip Conolly (1786-1839) constructed a temporary wooden chapel near the present Cathedral site and dedicated to God, under the invocation of St. Virgilius, an "Irish Saint"

Stained Glass Windows

Dominated by the exquisite Hardman Studio window in the style of a fourteenth century Gothic window; the five lancets depict pivotal scenes from the Gospel and the tracery at the top of the window details heavenly images, from the nineteenth century.

The Rose window in the West end of the Cathedral (1981), the Pentecost Window (1989), and the Heroic and Saintly Women (1995) are other windows specific to the cathedral.

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