Pictured with their heritage award in front of the historic former St Ann’s Church are St Anne’s
Primary, Strathfield South, school captains Maria Potestas (left) and Robert Almaida and student
The parish of St Anne’s Strathfield South was recently awarded a
Heritage Award in the Strathfield Municipal Council Heritage Conservation Awards 2001.
The parish was the winner in the Restoration of a Public or Commercial Building section for the former historic St Ann’s
Church which was built for Fr John Therry in 1870.
Fr Therry, who used to sleep in the sacristy of the church to break the journey between Sydney and Parramatta, named the building after his sister Ann.
When the parish of Strathfield was formed years later in 1953, the church and school were renamed St Anne’s reflecting the saint’s spelling of the name.
Restored in 1996 at a cost of over $700,000 the
former St Ann’s Church now houses two classrooms, computers rooms and space for individual tuition.
St Anne’s principal, Dannalea Sloan, said it was great to win the award as the building is part of the early
Catholic Church in Australia.