St. Mary’s Catholic Church
From the time of the Gabriel’s Gully rush until the appointment of Bishop Moran, Milton was visited by a priest from Lawrence. About 1868 a wooden church was erected, which was replaced by a brick building in 1892; and a substantial brick presbytery was built in 1885. The Dominican nuns were introduced in 1891, and occupied what had been a private residence in the extensive grounds purchased for them, until a new brick convent was opened for them in 1901.
Polish marriages held in the first church.
1889, 12 Jun, Anicich Antonio – Ellen Plevenski
1891, 25 May, Henry Hand – Barbara Welnoski
1891, 30 Dec, Joseph Halba – Theresa Barra
“OPENING A ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AT MILTON.
(From a Correspondent.) Milton, January 24, 1892. The ceremony of blessing and opening the new Roman Catholic schools and church at Milton took place to-day at 11 o’clock. The Most Rev. Dr Moran celebrated pontifical high mass and preached. The deacon and subdeacon were the Very Rev. P. O’Leary and the Rev. Father O’Donnell; master of the ceremonies, the Rev. P. Lynch ; and the assistant at the throne, the “Very Rev. Father Plunkett. There was a very large congregation, composed of persons from Milton, Dunedin, Mosgiel, Oamaru, Balclutha, and Kaitangata. The collection amounted to (pounds) 180, and the Rev. Father O’Neill announced that only a debt of (pounds) IOO remained unpaid. Bishop Moran, in his discourse, denounced the present Godless system of education and the monstrous injustice done to Catholics, who pay for the education of their own children while contributing to the education of other people’s children. A most efficient choir rendered the music of the mass, and seldom, if ever, have the people of Milton heard more excellent music. The Very Rev. F. Plunket preached in the evening to a very large congregation. Mr Hollick, of Milton, was architect and contractor of the building, which was much admired by all. The cost was about (pounds) 1100.”
Polish marriages held in the new church.
1895, 5 Jun, David Dickson Stevenson – Rose Mehalski
1896, 14 Oct, Francis Barra – Pauline Rekowske
1896, 14 Oct, August Francis Rekowske – Mary Ottrey
1906, 10 Oct, Thomas Welnoskie – Annie Bell Dysart
Catholic Baptism & Marriage Records, St. Joseph’s, Catholic Archives, Dunedin. Kindly compiled by Pauline Lee
Compiled by Paul Klemick (2022)