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Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo. B&W by Matthew Sims
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Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of Australia’s largest churches and the second tallest after St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne. It is an exceptionally large church for a provincial city cathedral in Australia.

In 1895, Martin Crane, an Augustinian and the first bishop of the diocese, called for competitive designs for a cathedral from several architects. The winning architect was William Tappin of the firm Reed, Barnes and Tappin, a firm established by Joseph Reed, one of Melbourne’s most significant architects. It was built in the Gothic Revival style from sandstone quarried from the Geelong area.

The large pipe organ, built by Bishop & Son of London, was installed late in 1905.

After a long interval, work recommenced on the cathedral in 1954 and was completed in 1977. The later works were designed by Bates, Smart and McCutcheon, the successor of Reed, Barnes and Tappin. The spire was of lighter construction than that originally designed, being steel framed and clad with a masonry veneer.

Sacred Heart Cathedral is 75 metres long and has a ceiling height of 24 metres. The main spire is 87 metres high.

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cathedral, church, australia, bendigo, victoria, matthew, makay

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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnabout 2 years ago

    A great Aussie ‘Man-Made B&W’ image.

  • Thank you Michael!

    – Matthew Sims

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago


    July 9th, 2012
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  • Wow!!! Thank you so much Mary for the feature!

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