from: Bendigo Advertiser, Saturday 16 August 1902, page 3.
The new Roman Catholic Church at Axedale, which has been designed in the early
English style of Gothic architecture, stands on a very commanding site close to the centre
of the township. The grounds have been suitably fenced in and laid out in a tasteful
The church consists of nave 48ft.by 26ft., sanctuary 17ft. by 16ft., vestry
14ft.by 11ft., and a porchway at entrance 8ft. by 8ft. The nave has a height in the
centre of 33ft. from the floor line to the apex of the ceiling, and is lighted by nine lancet
headed windows, which are glazed with tinted lead lights.
The sanctuary is placed in the east end of the building, and is octagonal in form, and separated from the nave by means of a wide and lofty Gothic-headed archway, which is suitably embellished with hard moldings and carved bosses. This apartment is lighted by two lancet-headed windows, and one large rose window, cusped in the form of a quatrefoil.
All these windows are glazed in a very effective scheme of colored glass decoration. The vestry is placed on the right hand side of the sanctuary, with access from same as well as from the outside.
The construction of the building throughout is of the most substantial kind. Bluestone is used for all the walls, with brick and.cement dressings to all the doors and windows, and the whole is neatly tuckpointed.
The interior walls are plastered to represent rough cast work, and are suitably lined out and tinted.
The roof principals and ceiling lining are in clean dressed oregon pine, with bold molded cornice and frieze molds.
The whole of the woodwork inside is varnished, thereby preserving the natural grain of the woods employed. Ample provision has been made for both inlet and outlet ventilation.
The nave is furnished with a sufficiency of comfortable seats of neat construction. The sanctuary is railed off by a handsome line of ornamental wrought iron railing, surmounted with a suitable cedar handrail.
The altar is a handsome structure, happily conceived and faithfully carried out in detail to harmonise with the period of Gothic, in which the church is built. All other necessary furnishings have also been provided to make the church complete and ready for the opening day, which is fixed for tomorrow (Sunday).
The building was designed and supervised by Messrs. Keogh and Austen. As R.V.I.A.,
architects, of View Point, Bendigo, the contractors for the work being Messrs. Brett
and Gover of Bendigo. who have carried out their contract most faithfully.
*Please note: This article appeared in the newpaper as a single paragraph. I have chosen to include paragraphs for ease of reading.
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