No. 428 - St Andrew's at Bothwell

Bothwell is one of the oldest settlements in Tasmania. It is situated on the Clyde River, about 75km miles from Hobart. The name Bothwell was given by Governor Arthur after "Bothwell" in Scotland. Bothwell is classified as an historic town. The majority of the first settlers were from Scotland. Bothwell once had four churches of which the Anglican, Uniting (Presbyterian) and Catholic remain.

Bothwell’s first Catholic church opened in 1864 [see No. 424 ] but was replaced by a new church that was built in 1940. In the 1930’s fundraising began to build a new church, ostensibly because of problems with the foundations and because the building was considered too small. The stone was reused in the new church which is not much larger than the building it replaced.

The opening of the new church took place in April 1940 and the Mercury’s report on the occassion is reproduced below:

“…The blessing and opening of a new church at Bothwell were performed by the Archbishop of Hobart (the Most Rev. Dr. J. D. Simonds) yesterday….. Father Adlum was associated with the Archbishop at Bothwell, when he blessed and opened a new church. Visitors included the Attorney-General (Mr. Ogilvie), and Mr. Dwyer. The first Roman Catholic church at Bothwell was built 70 years ago, and was blessed by the first Roman Catholic Bishop, of Hobart (the Rev. Wilson). The new church was built out of the stone from the old building, and the total cost, including the furnishings, was £678. The parishioners of the Bothwell district raised £300 before the work was put in hand, and prior to the opening there was a debt of £378 on the building. This amount was reduced by £50 yesterday by donations at the opening. Members of the Baker family, of Castle View, Bothwell, provided new altar rails for the church, and other articles were given by Mr. J. Goggins, Mesdames Stewart, and Best. The Archbishop congratulated the people of Bothwell on having provided a new church, and paid tribute to the work of the contractor (Mr. J. Goggins, of Bothwell)”.

St Andrew’s falls under the Central Tasmania Parish which includes churches at Ouse, Ellendale and New Norfolk.

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019


The Mercury, Saturday 30 September 1939, page 10
The Mercury, Thursday 1 February 1940, page 8
Huon and Derwent Times,Thursday 25 April 1940, page 5
The Mercury, Monday 22 April 1940,  page 8


  1. Lovely, my grandparents & great grandparents Goggins & in later years played a part helping with the reading's etc. Great history being kept Grant & thank you


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