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Historical Wandong church set to re-open

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After extensive restoration and conservation works, the 131-year-old St Michael’s Catholic Church in Wandong is set to be re-opened to the public this weekend.

As part of Victoria’s History Month, the Wandong History Group will celebrate the re-opening on Saturday with a photographic exhibition charting the building’s road to recovery.

The church was built in May 1891 on land donated by Robert A Robertson and is now the home of the Wandong History Group, with funding announced for restoration works in 2020.

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The St Michael’s Catholic Church project was supported by the Victorian Government through the Living Heritage Grant Program along with support from the Parish Council of St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kilmore.

The funding enabled new footings to be installed beneath the sacristy; the replacement of the roof, guttering and downpipes; the demolition of the asbestos front porch entrance and the installation of an all-ability ramp.

The Wandong History Group has thanked all involved in the project, including heritage advisor Fraser Brown from historical conservation group Quadratum, Greg Clancy from Danesbury Constructions, Heritage Victoria, and the Parish Council of St Patrick’s Church Kilmore.

The church is located at 11 Dry Creek Crescent, Wandong, with the re-opening set to begin at 11am, October 8.

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