Photo of exterior of original church.
Photo of exterior of original church.
Photo of interior of new church in earlier times.

Snapshots of St Joseph’s – A short history

1875Two Good Samaritan sisters (Sisters Egan and Graves) commenced daily visits to Balmain West (now Rozelle), but the location of the first lessons is not known.
1876First classrooms erected – Architect/builder James McDonald.
1877Upper storey added.
1880Cottage provided for Sisters in Gordon Street.
1881First church and first convent erected – architect/builder James McDonald.
1882Father Thomas O’Reilly appointed first parish priest and occupied a cottage on Weston Road (now Victoria Road).
1889Father (later Monsignor) John Moynagh appointed parish priest.
1892Opening of the first Christian brothers school (Brothers travelled daily from Balmain east until 1925 when Monastry purchased in Hornsey Street.
1905New girls school and hall erected – architect/builder Austen McKay.
1911Original church destroyed by fire.
1912New church erected – architect/builder Austen McKay. Cost $12045.00
1915Extension to girls and infants schools.
1921Extension to Christian brothers school.
1925Purchase of Monastry for Christian brothers.
1932Golden jubilee of Monsignor Moynagh.
1934Death of Monsignor Moynagh, and appointment of Father (later Monsignor) Gerald Bartlett.
1936New infants school erected, and major extensions to girls’s school.
1937New block to Christian brothers school – corner Gordon and Princes Streets.
1946Monsignor Bartlett transferred to Forest Lodge and Father Sylvester O’Sullivan appointed as parish priest.
1955New convent erected.
1960Major renovation to boys secondary school.
1961Major renovation to boys primary school.
1965Closure of Christian brothers school.
1966Girls school reclassified as a regional high school.
1974Golden jubilee of Father O’Sullivan.
1975Death of Father O’Sullivan and appointment of Father Gaffney as parish priest.
1976Closure of girls secondary school. Transfer of Father Gaffney and appointment of Father Leslie Bagot as parish priest.
1981Centenary of Rozelle parish.
1981Departure of Good Samaritan sisters from the parish.
1986Retirement of Father Bagot and appointment of Father Michael Caruana as parish priest.
1987Transfer of Father Caruana and appointment of Father Alfred Cachia as parish priest.
1994Closure of primary and infants schools – amalgamated with Father John Therry school, Balmain.
1998Retirement of Father Alfred Cachia and appointment of Father Benedict Sant as parish priest.
2001Retirement of Father Benedict Sant and appointment of Monsignor Vinve Redden as Moderator.
2012130 year Parish anniversary.