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St Andrews Catholic Church - Nimmitabel, NSW - Built 1863

Originally called Nimity Bell, the area was taken up by graziers in the 1840s and a small town began to develop in the early 1850s. In 1858, it was officially declared a town.

 

The first catholic church on the Monaro was built in 1856 on the present site of St Andrew's in Nimmitabel. It was a rough stone building that soon needed replacing.

The foundation stone for St Andrews Catholic Church - Nimmitabel was laid in early 1863 by Father Patrick Newman, the then Priest in Charge of the Cooma Mission.

The builder was John Geldmacher and the church was completed in 9 months at a cost of five hundred and twenty five pounds . .

 

In 1917 St Andrews was in need of renovations. Arthur Mawson, a builder from Cooma, is thought to have undertaken the work.

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