Timeline: 1826 – 1899

December 16, 1826 – 1899




Church, Collie is established as a parish


Bunbury Congregation of Sisters of Mercy established as separate from Victoria Square. Double story brick Convict erected in Wittenoom Street and dedicated to St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland.

August 1893

Bishop Gibney dedicates Katanning Church

February 18th, 1893

Bishop Gibney laid foundation stone of the new church in Katanning


Katanning made a parish and Fr James Duff PP


St Joseph’s Church, Busselton, constituted as a parish, Fr Adolphus Lecaille first PP


Kojonup established as a parish, reverted to Katanning from 1894


Sisters of Mercy from Victoria Square, Perth, establish themselves in Bunbury


Church, Katanning constituted a parish


St Joseph’s Church, Albany


Work begun on a church in Busselton under Fr Patrick McCabe


St Patrick’s Church Bunbury declared as a parish, centred on Church in Wittenoom Street


Stella Maris Church Albany, opened and Albany made a parish

September 1859

Busselton town lots 155, 156 set aside for the Roman Catholic Church

May 1857

Fr Venancio Garrido OSB appointed resident priest in Bunbury


Convict era in WA contributed to the growth of the south west of WA as public building and roads were consstructed by convict labour based at camps at Bunbury, Kojonup, Albany

September 15th, 1857

First school at Dardanup staffed by a schoolmaster

December 1855

Father Peter Aragon OSB arrived in Dardanup as resident Priest for South West and Vasse Districts

March 1854

Laying of foundation stone by Bishop Salvado for the first WA church completed out Perth

April 1852

Thomas Little gave Bishop Serra OSB 50 acres to build a church and monastery


Visits by Bishop Brady and Benedictines to the Vasse district [Busselton]


Arrival of French missionaries of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Santa Maria Mission at Lake Mollallyup near Kendenup


Beginning but early collapse of the WA Land Settlement scheme centred on Australind intended to breed horses for the British army in India, first migrants arrived on the ship Parkfield where the Cathedral now stands is named after this ship


Survey of the town-site for Port Leschenault, named after Lt Henry William Bunbury, an officer of the 21st Regiment of Fusiliers and an early explorer of the south west of WA

March 6th, 1830

A military station set up at Port Leschenault in 1803 named after the botanist on French ship Geographe

June 2nd, 1829

Foundation of Swan River colony establishment of Perth

December 26th, 1826

Landing of Captain James Lockyer from Amity with contingent of troops and convicts at Albany

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