Territory Stories

St Barbara Catholic Church

Details:

Title
St Barbara Catholic Church
Other title
Darren Clark
Photographer
Clark, Darren
Photo number
PH0875/0117
Collection
Darren Clark Collection.; PictureNT; PictureNT
Date
2011-10-01
Location
Batchelor
Description
Built in 1954, St Barbara's Catholic Church is significant to the Territory as its origin is historically connected with the uranium mining industry at Rum Jungle. The church, which was built on the site of the former 1940's Royal Australian Air Force Chapel, was constructed by Irish miners employed at Rum Jungle by the British firm George Wimpey and Co. The church still retains much of its original features and fabric and demonstrates economic design principles. The method and materials used in constructing the church walls (recycled timber and prefabricated steel) are considered unique and architecturally significant. St Barbara's was named after the patron saint for architects, builders, carpenters, construction workers, explosives workers, geologists and miners, all of whom worked on the Rum Jungle uranium project. St Barbara also protects against explosions and against mine collapse. The church represents the provision of worship for the past and present community in and around Batchelor. During my year long stay in Batchelor St Barbara's door where closed, talk around town is that the local Coomalie Council want to turn St Barbara's into the local youth centre.
Notes
Date:2011-10
Subject
tropical architecture
Digital format
3333 x 5000 pixels : 24bpp ; 50.03Mb.
Format
1 photograph : digital, col.
File type
image/tiff.
Use
Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)
Copyright owner
Library & Archives NT
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Parent handle
https://hdl.handle.net/10070/245150
Citation address
https://hdl.handle.net/10070/245150
Related items
https://hdl.handle.net/10070/589574

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