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Immaculate Conception Church

City of Boroondara | B03

Building Description

The Immaculate Conception Church is the most prominent landmark in the city of Hawthorn. Towering above the corner of Burwood and Glenferrie Roads, it is one of the more beautiful and impressive suburban churches in all Victoria, perhaps Australia. Designed by Crouch and Wilson to cater for 1000 worshippers, the Gothic bluestone church accommodated 400 when the first stage was opened by Bishop Goold in October, 1869. Then it comprised nave, aisles and bell tower to a height of about 20 metres. Over the next 93 years, sanctuary, eastern and western transepts and tower to 55 metres were added in stages to complete the building. An oustanding feature of the interior of the church are the glorious stained glass windows by Ferguson, Urie & Lyon; Mayer, Montgomery and Brooks. It has been in the care of the Jesuit Fathers from the beginning. Several events are planned during the year to celebrate this, the 150th year since the founding of the church.

What's On

Guided tours led by members of the community.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sunday 28 July 1pm–4pm

  • Tour Type: Open Entry, Guided + Open Entry, Self-guided

  • Tour Details: Tours at 2pm and 3.30pm running 40 minutes in groups of 20

  • Access: Fully accessible, 12 years and above

  • Notes: Toilets available

  • Building Type: Place of Worship

  • Architecture Era: Victorian (1851-1901)

  • Transport: Tram stop 73: Burwood Rd/Glenferrie Rd on route 16

  • Photo Credit: Courtesy of Immaculate Conception Church

Location

345 Burwood Road, Hawthorn 3122, Hawthorn VIC

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