St Mary’s Parish History

Every parish has a wealth of history and it is often recorded in different forms by different authorities. Here we have assembled some items relating to St Mary’s Parish, Corowa. Click on a title to access the item.

1. The extensive 1878-1978 History compiled for the centenary of the parish is the most important and is  very representative of our earliest times as a parish. It is divided into Chapters, representing the sections in the original book.

1878-1978 Parish History

2. The ‘Short History’ is an easy and quick read.

Short History of St Mary’s Parish

3. The “Roman Catholic Fete and Queen Coronation,” extracted from The Corowa Free Press  in 1922,  shows how the early members of the parish worked closely as a community to raise funds to pay for the then newly-opened St Mary’s Star of the Sea parish church. Our Sincere thanks to Miss Anne Kingston of Coreen for the research and submitting this item.

R.C. Fete and Queen Coronation – 1922

and thanks to Anne for the following item:

Corowa Catholic Ball 1947

4. A short history of St Pius X church and of the Catholic community at Coreen, which belongs to St Mary’s Parish, can be found at the following link:

Short History of Coreen Catholic Community

Coreen Early Catholics – Newspaper extract.


Coreen Church Golden Jubilee – 2013

[This Jubilee page includes photos of the many participants at the Jubilee.]

Other items will be added when they come to hand.