Mary MacKillop: The Archbishop's House

The 'Archbishop’s House', on the corner of West Terrace and Grote Street, is one of the earliest surviving Roman Catholic buildings in South Australia.

Following his arrival in 1844, Adelaide's first bishop, Francis Murphy, organised the construction of the first St Patrick’s Church as well as the Archbishop’s House. Prominent South Australian architect and politician George Strickland Kingston designed the residence. Bishop Murphy and a number of subsequent Catholic bishops have since lived here. Father Woods also lived here between 1867 and 1871.

Mary MacKillop visited Bishop Sheil in this house prior to her excommunication in 1871.

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West Terrace

West Terrace

Along with being one of the earliest Catholic buildings in the city, the Archbishop’s House is also one of the few remaining residences along West Terrace. | Source: Image courtesy Mary MacKillop Centre, Adelaide View File Details Page

Archbishop's House

Archbishop's House

Further additions have been made to the Archbishop’s House since its construction in the 1840s. The original structure can be identified by its rare rolled sheet-metal roof, one of only two known examples in the city. | Source: Image courtesy Mary MacKillop Centre, Adelaide View File Details Page

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The Adelaide City Explorer Team and Mary MacKillop Centre Adelaide, “Mary MacKillop: The Archbishop's House,” Adelaide City Explorer, accessed April 25, 2017, http://adelaidecityexplorer.com.au/items/show/140.
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