SCOTS CHURCH, BALLARAT

(PRESBYTERIAN)LYDIARD STREET, BALLARAT Its graceful spire is one of only three in Ballarat. This charming and unpretentious brick church on Soldiers Hill was built for the Presbyterians of North Ballarat in 1890 to a Gothic-inspired design by local architects Figgis & Molloy. Its spire, slender and graceful and visible from all over north Ballarat, isContinue reading “SCOTS CHURCH, BALLARAT”

ST THÉRÈSE’S, BALLARAT

(ROMAN CATHOLIC)WENDOUREE PARADE, BALLARAT The church of the Little Flower, St Thérèse’s on Lake Wendouree, has been sold and is used for non-religious purposes. Here’s another Ballarat church – really, the number is remarkable, such was the church-building prolificity of nineteenth-century piety. Zeal for the Lord’s House plus vast sums from gold-mining filled this provincialContinue reading “ST THÉRÈSE’S, BALLARAT”

ST ANDREW’S KIRK, BALLARAT

(FORMERLY PRESBYTERIAN, NOW UNITING)STURT STREET, BALLARAT Its spire makes St Andrew’s Kirk the most prominent church in Ballarat. It is now closed and awaiting – what? Conversion into flats? Most of the churches to be described in this blog will be in Melbourne, but a few will be in other places that can be easilyContinue reading “ST ANDREW’S KIRK, BALLARAT”