Wednesday, February 13, 2013
St Thomas Aquinas
STA is an odd looking church to me. I don't think we have many Spanish looking churches in Melbourne. It seems out of place among the Victorian era houses, 1950s flats and ultra modern buildings that dominate the expensive South Yarra streets.
A little research at the parish website tells the tale. The church was built in 1915 and called the Chapel of Ease and informally known as the 'servants church'. In the early twentieth century South Yarra did have a certain demographic and there would have been servants who needed a church. I suppose their Masters and Mistresses would have travelled to St Patricks in East Melbourne for their spiritual needs.
In was remodelled in the 1950s and received its Spanish Baroque façade and blessed by the long serving, famous and infamous Archbishop Dr Daniel Mannix.