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 Priest

Status

Appointed

Until

Note

 

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

2015

 

 

 

Rev. John McHugh

Asst. Parish Priest

2010

2011

 

 

 

Rev. Roel Llave

Parish Priest

2015

2019

 

 

 

Rev. Thaddeus Ike

Asst. Parish Priest

2017

2019

 

 

 

Rev. Jayaraj Gorantla

Asst. Parish Priest

2019

2020

 

 

 

Rev. James Poovathinkal

Parish Priest

2019

Present

 

 

 

 

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