St Saviour's Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, Australia. The cathedral is named after Jesus in his title of Saviour. The current dean is the Very Reverend Phillip Saunders.To visit St. Saviour's Cathedral and other attractions in Goulburn, use our Goulburn trip builder app .
In 1840 a simple brick church to the designs of a Sydney architect, James Hume, was erected. This Church of Saint Saviour was in the manner of English parish churches with a bold square western tower and a simple axiality complimenting the Georgian town plan.
By the early 1860s, when the Diocese of Sydney could not functionally minister to the Goulburn area, it was decided that the Diocese of Goulburn should be created. Accordingly, Bishop Mesac Thomas was consecrated in 1861 and the need for a cathedral church came to be considered.
When the brick church was taken down the bricks were reused in the floor of the current cathedral.
CathedralIt was not until 1871, however, that cathedral plans came to be actively considered. Three years later, on 15 January 1874, the foundation stone of the cathedral church was laid. The Cathedral Church of Saint Saviour was designed by the then noted Colonial ecclesiastical architect, Edmund Thomas Blacket. Blacket had already had some involvement with the church site at Goulburn. In 1843 he had designed a pulpit for James Hume's original brick church which was approved by Bishop Broughton and then installed.
Since Blacket's cathedral was to take ten years to construct, Blacket was also asked to design a smaller pro-cathedral and parish Sunday school. This building was completed in 1874 and still stands within the cathedral precinct, to the west of the cathedral itself. The first Anglican church, St Saviour's, was completed in 1839 and this later became the pro-cathedral. The first resident Anglican priest of that church was William Sowerby, who had been trained at St Bees Theological College in Cumberland, England, and moved to Australia in 1836 to answer the call for more clergy. Sowerby later became the first Dean of St Saviour's.
St. Saviour's Cathedral Reviews
beautiful historic cathedral. highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. Lots of items to admire and see. A must see if you visit the area more »
All the times I've been to Goulburn and never knew this place existed until today. Will definitely be returning for a proper look and highly recommend a visit. more »
A place of reflection and worship filled with history.
Saviours Cathedral do rember the cathedral it's in Burke at Foul burn it's the proper name for this church because it's that era.
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