Sacred Heart Cathedral

Architect: William Tappin 1901

Bendigo | BEN15

Building Description

Sacred Heart Cathedral is one of Australia’s largest churches and the third tallest after St Patrick’s Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne. Built in early English Gothic style, with enclosed flying buttresses. The architect was William Tappin (1854-1905) and the builder of the first stage Thomas Cockram and Son. The contract price was £31,385. For the second stage, the architects involved were Alan Ralton and Frank Turner, and building was by direct labour under a superintendent of works.

The foundations consist of granite from Harcourt, near Bendigo. The walls are constructed of sandstone (Barrabool and Ceres from the Geelong region). Dressings and carvings are of limestone from Waurn Ponds in the original section, and from Mt Gambier in the new section. The floor is Calacatta Vagli Extra marble from Italy.

The nave has a hammer beam roof. Oregon and kauri paneling is used in the nave ceiling and most of the others, with mouldings of yellow and sugar pine and panels of King William pine. A stained glass window made by John Hardman & Co. of Birmingham occupies a large part of the western end of the building.

What's On

All are welcome even to experience the true nature of this building during Sunday worship at 11am with full choir and organ and 8.30am with organ and cantor. Self-guided tours during opening hours, outside of service times.


66 Short Street, Bendigo, Vic 3550, Bendigo VIC

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