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St Mary's Cathedral
42°53′09″S 147°19′35″E / 42.88583°S 147.32639°E / -42.88583; 147.32639Coordinates: 42°53′09″S 147°19′35″E / 42.88583°S 147.32639°E / -42.88583; 147.32639
Location Hobart, Tasmania
Country Australia
Denomination Roman Catholic
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
Status Cathedral (since 1860)
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Augustus Pugin
Henry Hunter
Style Gothic architecture
Years built 1822 (first cathedral)
1866 (nave completed)
1881 (Rebuilt)
Groundbreaking 1860
Length 84 ft
Width 52 ft
Nave width 18 ft
Nave height 19 ft
Materials Sandstone
Bells Ring of 10 Bells and Two Semi-tone
Parish Cathedral
Archdiocese Archdiocese of Hobart
Province Hobart
Archbishop 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. Atirgilius, an "Irish Saint"

The current Cathedral foundation stone was laid in 1860 was re-opened in 1866, St Mary’s Cathedral is located in Harrington Street, Hobart. The cathedral was built in the style of Gothic architecture.

Structural problems caused by faulty building resulted in the Cathedral being largely dismantled and re-constructed to a modified design between 1876 and 1881.

It is place of worship for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hobart.

St Mary's College is located next to the Cathedral. The College celebrates the Catholic liturgical year by attending Mass.

The Catholic Archbishop of Hobart, Tasmania, Julian Porteous resides at the Cathedral.

The organ at St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart was built in 1893 by Fincham & Hobday.

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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