No. 834 - Rokeby - John Paul II Catholic Church

Rokeby is an eastern suburb of Greater Hobart which falls under the City of Clarence local government area. Rokeby was a small village until the 1970s when the State Government Housing Department established a large housing estate. The area is is named after "Rokeby House" which was built by George Stokell in 1830. Rokeby is a village in Yorkshire, England.

John Paul II Catholic Church and Primary School were both founded in 1983, five years after Pope John Paul II was elected Bishop of Rome. The church, which is attached to a Catholic primary school, is a part of the Bellerive-Lindisfarne Parish.

As a recently built church little information about its establishment is available on the public record. The building somewhat resembles several Catholic churches built in the 1970s and 1980s, including Sacred Heart (Newstead) and St Paul’s at Bridgewater. Unfortunately, when I photographed the church its walls had been decorated by non-resident local artists. I will update the photographs after I next visit Rokeby.

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