A Brief History

St. Patrick's Catholic Parish, centering on the township of Kilmore and the surrounding rural district is situated approximately 60 kms north of Melbourne, in the State of Victoria, Australia.

St. Patrick's was the first inland Catholic parish to be established (1849) in the southern part of what was then the Colony of NSW and is now the State of Victoria, Australia. Earlier parishes in Victoria were Melbourne (1839), Geelong (1842), Portland (1847) and Port Fairy (1849). The parishes of Melbourne, Geelong and Kilmore represent the three oldest parishes in the Archdiocese of Melbourne whilst the parishes of Portland and Port Fairy are the oldest parishes in the Diocese of Ballarat.

Early Parish Primary Education in Kilmore

St Patrick's Primary School Kilmore - is a far cry from the Catholic primary school started sometime in 1848. The Vicar General, Dr Geoghegan wrote in an application to the Denominational Schools Board, dated July 3 1848:

“There are sufficient Catholic children here (Kilmore) to entitle the teacher to Government aid.”

On March 27, 1849, the Bishop wrote:

“There is an unaided school at Kilmore….. The average attendance is 30 - 40. The schoolroom is most inadequate and unsuitable…”

The school inspector Childers visited the school in 1851 and wrote: 

“I visited this school in Sydney Street on April 30 accompanied by the clergyman, Rev. C. Clarke …The school is a slab hut with shingled roof, not plastered, no floor. Is in good condition, and was erected in 1848... Schoolroom is 86 x 11. Has glass windows, a fireplace, and two windows. There are 33 boys and 7 girls present."