G) St Joesph's Catholic Church

Walk further down Winchester Street to number 18 on your right, and you will arrive at the location of the original Church.  Built-in 1865, St Joseph’s was the oldest stone Roman Catholic church in the South Island. 

The church was important to the many Irish settlers who came to New Zealand and settled in Lyttelton, escaping the potato famine that struck Ireland between 1845 and 1849. 

Unfortunately, the beautiful stone church also fell victim to the 2011 earthquake, like many other significant historic buildings in the region and the gate and steps are all that remain.

If you look at the hill to your right you will see the Catholic and Presbyterian Cemetery.

G) St Joesph's Catholic Church

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