Friends of St Brigid’s Crossley

The historic St Brigid’s Church precinct is located in Crossley, south-west Victoria (Australia), mid-way between Port Fairy and Warrnambool. The five-acre precinct incorporates an architecturally designed Romanesque Church – which dates to 1914 – and community hall. It was also home to the Crossley school.

The strong Irish community welcomed and supported the construction of the Catholic Church and the Catholic Church’s decision to sell off the precinct in 2008 was met with community uproar.

What ensued was a strong, active, united and hard-fought community campaign that led to the community’s purchase of the precinct in 2010.

The community-owned precinct is now a community meeting place and plans are currently underway to convert the Church into Australia’s first Irish Cultural Centre.

The St Brigid’s logo you see on this website is a direct replica of one of the Church’s stainglass windows, dating to 1914.

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The Church on the Hill by Helen Doyle

This is a richly illustrated history of St Brigid’s,  Crossley, a Catholic community in south-west Victoria, that traces the origins  of the settlers and the development of what became probably the most  concentrated Irish Catholic settlement in Victoria. The book traces the  development of the community from the 1840s, examining farming life, community  life and the Catholic faith, seeking to investigate an ongoing Irish influence  in the area and the part this Irish identity played in relation to some of the  prevailing issues of the day, such as the cessation of funding of Catholic  schools in 1873 and the debate over conscription during World War I. This book  includes over 100 short family histories of many of the families who settled in the  district.

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Saving St Brigid’s by Regina Lane

The unique story of an Australian rural community who, in the spirit of their Irish rebel ancestors, stood up for what they believed in.

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