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"A Living History"
Saint Augustine's Catholic Church, Napier Street.
Creswick Catholics were served first by priests who came from Ballarat when Ballarat itself was still part of Coburg parish. The first traceable reference to Mass is a newspaper note in 1855; that Father Patrick Madden celebrated Mass at Creswick Creek, on March 8, in the new store of Messrs. Carter and Walker. Father Madden was a young priest assisting Fr. Smyth. The latter was prominent in the story of Eureka – counselling moderation before the event, and afterwards succouring Peter Lalor and others of the wounded. Father Madden said Mass again on St. Patrick’s Day (’55); this time at the store of J. A. Smith in Albert Street. And on the following Sunday he and his faithful were back again at Carter and Walker’s.
Saint Johns Anglican Church, Napier Street
Opened in 1862, this blue stone church replaced a controversial wooden structure that had been destroyed by police in 1855. Originally constructed on a simple plan it was enlarged and the tower was added between 1868-72. The chancel and organ chamber were added in 1892.
St. John's Vicarage
Now in private hands The Vicarage is the oldest of the buildings dominating the hill. Since it was sold by the church and a tall fence constructed, it is unfortunately hard to see the impressive front but the rear can be seen from the street behind the church.