Chapter 9
Accessing Melbourne
St Francis' Church
344 Lonsdale Street, St Francis' Church (9663 2495).
Victoria's oldest catholic church and the oldest Church in Melbourne still
remaining on its original site. The first St Francis' Church was a simple timber
structure erected in 1839. The foundation stone for the present brick and stucco
Simple Gothic building was laid in 1841 by Father Geoghegan, Melbourne's first
Roman Catholic priest. The Church was completed in 1845 with cedar panelled
ceiling installed in 1850, The Lady Chapel added in 1856 and the new Sanctuary
1879. A flat accessible entry is available from Elizabeth St.
St Augustine's Catholic Church
631 653 Bourke St, St Augustine's Catholic Church (9629 7140).
A bluestone Gothic Revival styled Church with rendered cement dressings to its
windows and buttresses, was built between 1869/70 replacing a timber church
dating from 1853. The tower was increased in height around 1936. The Church
has a long association with seamen hence the anchor which features in its
forecourt. Access is limited with three steps at the front entry.
The Uniting Church Synod Office
130 Little Collins St, The Uniting Church Synod Office (9251 5200).
Meeting rooms and hall are entered off the street by short ramp past the book
shop. A lift conveys visitors to upper levels and an accessible unisex toilet is on
the ground floor level.
St Michael's Uniting Church
122 136 Collins St, St Michael's Uniting Church (9654 5120).
Cited as Melbourne's first permanent church. The Independent Chapel, was
erected on this site in 1839. It was demolished in 1866 to make way for the
present structure which was completed in 1867. The interior and exterior are
considered unique and of architectural significance. The exterior, dominated by
the distinctive campanile tower, is superbly composed and the finest example
of brick polychrome decoration in Australia. The amphitheatre interior is an
unusual conception with curved gallery and arcade distinctive features.
Access to St Michael's is gained from St Michaels' walkway which slopes in
two sections, the first around 4%, and the second 9% from Collins St. A ramp

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