No. 850 - Rocky Cape - Mother of God Catholic Church (1962-1987)

Rocky Cape is a rural community on the Bass Highway located about 30 kilometres north-west of the town of Wynyard. Its name is taken from a coastal feature named by Matthew Flinders in 1798.

Three of Rocky Cape’s four churches have closed although all the buildings still exist with three being converted into houses. One of these is ‘Mother Of God’ Catholic church which operated for only 25 years.

Rocky Cape fell under what was once the Wynyard Parish. During the time of parish priest Father Michael Flynn (1956-1965) a church was built at Rocky Cape to serve the Catholics scattered from Sisters Creek to Detention. Before a church was built the Catholic community at Rocky Cape and Sisters Hills had mass services on alternate weeks in local community halls.

Little is known about the small timber church which is of a modern design. The church opened in 1962 and closed in 1987 as a result of demographic changes. In the late 1980s the church was converted into a house in a manner that has preserved the integrity of the building.

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Sources:

Southerwood, W. T Planting a faith in Tasmania : the country parishes. [W. T. Southerwood], [Hobart], 1977.





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