1970

The first Pope to visit Australia, Pope Paul VI celebrates Mass in the Cathedral.

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1961

The refurbishment of the Crypt is completed

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1928

The Cathedral, complete with south nave, is opened.

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1900

The Cathedral is officially opened by Cardinal Moran.

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1882

Though unfinished, the Cathedral is open and dedicated.

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1877

Roger Bede Vaughan OSB is appointed as the second Archbishop of Sydney.

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1868

The foundation stone of the present Cathedral is laid.

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1865

St Mary’s Cathedral is destroyed by fire.

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1835

Sydney's first Catholic bishop, John Bede Polding OSB, arrives on September 13th, as Vicar Apostolic of New Holland.  In 1842 Polding is installed as the first Archbishop of Sydney and thus St Mary’s Chapel is elevated to a Cathedral.

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1821

The foundation stone of the first St Mary's Chapel is laid by Gov. Macquarie and blessed by Fr Therry.

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