St John’s The Evangelist Catholic Church | Presbytery

38 St Johns Circle, Richmond

Saturday, Feb 24

Sunday, Feb 25

Architect/s: Paul Fox (1959)

Builder: E.H. Hewitt, builder (of Lindisfarne)

Situated along side Australia’s oldest continually-used Catholic church St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Old School House is a largely unknown mid-century presbytery by architect Paul Fox. The Modernist lines of this presbytery can be enjoyed from outside as you wander around the church grounds.

The church, representing the resistance movements in Ireland impacting British colonies, epitomizes the global Christian development. Richmond, a Catholic hub in the 1820s, sustained a primary school that continues to thrive. Today, St. John’s, along with the old School House and cemetery, is a cherished tourist attraction, reflecting its historical and architectural significance.

Open: Saturday 24 February, 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday 25 February, 11 am – 4 pm

Access: Some uneven surfaces and steps

Open House Richmond experience: The church will be open throughout the weekend – featuring the Eveleen Brettingham-Moore designed and made altar, along with the Old School House, which will present and display of church memorabilia and regalia.

Note: There is little on street parking available and St. John’s Circle is one way only. Please park beside St. John’s Church.


Richmond | Coal River Valley

Building Types



Architectural Period

Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-1960)


Architectural Design


History of Richmond


Uneven Surfaces

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