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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1820

The first officially appointed priests, Fathers Philip Conolly and John Joseph Therry arrive and funds are raised to build a chapel in the colony.

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1818

A choir is established by Catherine Fitzpatrick, which becomes the St Mary’s Choir.

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1803

Father James Dixon who arrived in 1800 celebrates the first Mass authorised by the government.

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