History

This wooden building, staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph, replaced the original school which was destroyed by a severe storm on December 11, 1888. The Sisters of St. Joseph withdrew to Tingha in December 1890. The Sisters of Mercy commenced teaching in Inverell on January 12, 1891.

In 1914, this brick school replaced the wooden building which became inadequate for the number of students. 

A high school was added to the existing buildings in 1930. It consisted of two large brick rooms, parallel to Vivian Street. One room housed First & Second Year and the other Third Year – the Intermediate class.

St Mary’s Ross Hill was officially opened as a School-Church Sunday, Nov 1, 1953 by Bishop Doody. The first intake of students did not take place until first term 1954. The school was built to accommodate sub-primary and infants children living west of the River in order to relieve overcrowding at Sacred Heart School. After completing Year 4, the students moved down to Sacred Heart School. This continued till 1963 when boy students attended Holy Trinity from year 4, girls still stayed at Sacred Heart. In 1969 St Mary’s became an all- girls Primary School from years 4-6. In 1975 the school closed and the pupils transferred to Holy Trinity.

Name of PriestStatusAppointedUntilNote
Rev. Francis W. McLauglin Unknown 1868 1868  
Rev. G. Hewitt Unknown 1870 1871  
Rev. John Kelly Unknown 1871 1873  
Rev. John Davis Unknown 1873    
Rev. M. Sheehan Unknown 1874  
Rev. Joseph H. Doyle Unknown 1879 1880  
Rev. P. J. O'Connor Unknown 1880    
Rev. John Punt Unknown 1880 1881  
Rev. Cherubini Unknown 1880 1886  
Rev. Salvador Unknown 1882 1882  
Rev. Joachim Van di Heuvel Unknown 1885    
Rev. D. A. Mitchell Unknown 1886 1893  
Rev. J. Heatne Unknown 1888    
Rev. J. Morrissey Unknown 1888    
Rev. J. Dowling Unknown 1887 1889  
Rev. Matthew Ryan Unknown 1890 1893  
Rev. James Byrne Unknown 1892    
Rev. Joseph Austin Unknown 1893    
Rev. John J. English Unknown 1893 1914  
Rev. William Lee Unknown 1893    
Rev. Callisto Henry Unknown 1894    
Rev. P. Piquet Unknown 1898    
Rev. J. J. O'Neil Unknown 1898      
Rev. Thomas F. Harington Unknown 1899    
Rev. Charles Unknown 1900    
Rev. J. T. Clancy Unknown 1901    
Rev. Leonard C. P Unknown 1902    
Rev. Thomas P. Sheehy Unknown 1904    
Rev. P. J. O'Hanlin Unknown 1905 1907  
Rev. Patrick Condon Unknown 1908 1909  
Rev. S. G. Burchell Unknown 1909 1913  
Rev. Charles Dillion Unknown 1910    
Rev. J. P. Harrington Unknown 1910 1917  
Rev. M. Tobin Unknown 1914 1914  
Rev. P. Cregan Unknown 1914    
Rev. J. J. O'Neil Unknown 1915 1948
Rev. J. O. Reilly Unknown 1920 1923  
Rev. John P. O'Connor Asst. Parish Priest 1923 1927  
Rev. John McDermott Unknown 1924    
Rev. Patrick Walsh Unknown 1924 1925  
Rev. P. J. Moloney M.S.C Unknown 1926    
Rev. C. Donleavy Unknown 1927 1930  
Rev. Thomas Leahy Asst. Parish Priest 1930 1930  
Rev. Maurice Tully Asst. Parish Priest 1930 1935  
Rev. Albert Spratt C.P Unknown 1931    
Rev. Norman Tuttle Asst. Parish Priest 1934 1935  
Rev. J. Cullen Unknown 1935 1936  
Rev. Thomas Stephenson Unknown 1935    
Rev. P. L. Doherty Unknown 1936 1938  
Rev. D. H. Hiscox Unknown 1936 1936  
Rev. J. Grace Unknown 1937 1937  
Rev. Edward Rohan Asst. Parish Priest 1938 1942  
Rev. J. S. Moran Unknown 1939    
Rev. John Hall C.M Unknown 1941    
Rev. Malachy Stevens Unknown 1942 1946  
Rev. Michael Foley Asst. Parish Priest 1945 1947  
Rev. John M. O'Connor Parish Priest 1946 1946  
Rev. William Corr Unknown 1946 1949  
Rev. Robert Watson Asst. Parish Priest 1947 1948  
Rev. James Conroy Asst. Parish Priest 1948 1949  
Rev. Bede P. Shanahan Asst. Parish Priest 1949 1950  
Rev. Mgr. Condon Unknown 1949    
Rev. Laurence Cosgrove Unknown 1950    
Rev. Clarence A. Fisher Asst. Parish Priest 1951 1955  
Rev. Reginald Mckervey Asst. Parish Priest 1954    
Rev. James Healy Parish Priest 1957 1968  
Rev. Stanislaus Campbell Administrator 1957 1959  
Rev. Bede Ryan Asst. Parish Priest 1958    
Rev. Bruce Macpherson Asst. Parish Priest 1961 1962  
Rev. Thomas Shanahan Asst. Parish Priest 1962 1966  
Rev. Francis Le Fevre Asst. Parish Priest 1962    
Rev. John Carey Asst. Parish Priest 1962 1966  
Rev. Francis Le Fevre Parish Priest 1964 1969  
Rev. Ronald Perrett Asst. Parish Priest 1967 1969  
Rev. Stephen Brennan Parish Priest 1969 1974  
Rev. Gerard Hanna Asst. Parish Priest 1969 1972  
Rev. Thomas Crowley Asst. Parish Priest 1969 1970  
Rev. Bede Ryan Administrator 1970 1971  
Rev. Michael Mullane Asst. Parish Priest 1972 1974  
Rev. David Teggins Unknown 1972    
Rev. C. H Leis Parish Priest 1974 1980  
Rev. R. Curry Asst. Parish Priest 1974 1977  
Rev. S. Hennesssey Asst. Parish Priest 1977 1981  
Rev. Bruce Macpherson Parish Priest 1980 1983  
Rev. Michael Mullane Asst. Parish Priest 1980 1983  
Rev. Ross O'Brien Asst. Parish Priest 1980 1980 January to April
Rev. Ross O'Brien Administrator 1980 1980 April to July
Rev. Thomas Crowley Asst. Parish Priest 1981 1982  
Rev. John Curran Asst. Parish Priest 1982 1986  
Rev. Michael Mullane Parish Priest 1983 1996  
Rev. Maxwell Davis Asst. Parish Priest 1991 1995  
Rev. Maxwell Davis Administrator 1995 1996  
Rev. Jose Adriano Asst. Parish Priest 1995 2000  
Rev. Paul McCabe Parish Priest 1996 2002  
Rev. Bernard Frize Parish Priest 2002 2009  
Rev. Jose Adriano Parish Priest 2009 To Present  
Rev. John McHugh Asst. Parish Priest 2010 2011  
Convent School 1889-1913

Convent School 1889-1913

Sacred Heart School 1914

Sacred Heart School 1914

Tender for the first church

Tender for the first church

Inverell's First Catholic Church 1871-1904

Inverell's First Catholic Church 1871-1904

Sacred Heart School 1934

Sacred Heart School 1934

St. Mary's School, Ross Hill 1953

St. Mary's School, Ross Hill 1953