When Archbishop Patrick Delaney travelled from Hobart to Wynyard to lay the foundation stone on May 28, 1911, he saw the plans and said it was far too large and grandiose, and made Father T. J. O'Donnell move the stone 6 m (20 feet). After the Archbishop departed, Father T. J. moved the stone back to it's original position.
The O'Neill family provided the iron, and together with the Brewster family donated the original altar for the new church.
|Interior of St Brigids, Archbishop Adrian Doyle|
The church shares design features with Westminster Cathedral in London, completed in 1903. The design of red brick with light bands is known colloquially as 'blood and bandages'.
Westminster Cathedral, London 2004
Westminster Cathedral Precint, London, 2004
A bus load of international students arrived at the tulip farm, just after we did. I'm sure they thought we were part of the day's attraction :)
I'm sure I had my photograph taken with most of this group :)
We also visited the 'Wonders of Wynyard' exhibition of vintage transport, and I discovered another treasure, a Singer No. 3 treadle.
With a little time to fill in, we 'visited' Bridget and Thomas, who are buried at the old general cemetery, Jenner St, Wynyard.
Returning to town for the mass at 5 p.m. we sat next to Bridget's window.
Since this journey of discovery began, I have been contacted by 3 descendants of Bridget and Thomas, and it's to them that I dedicate this post.