Plans for St Francis Xavier Cathedral were made by the early 1850s, the building designed by colonial Architect, Richard Lambeth. The church was built in stages as money was available.

Father Michael Ryan laid the foundation stone on 17 March 1856. He also blessed the chuch on 11 July 1858 when the first building was completed. The first phase of building included a small sanctuary, the central nave to the first five arches and two narrow side aisles.

Slowly over the years St Francis Xavier Cathedral grew. Five copies of original architectural drawings hang in the entrance hall documenting the many changes made to the original plans. In 1996 the tower was completed. Archbishop Faulkner dedicate the Cathedral on 11 July 1996.

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