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Held all year round: History of early Sydney Church exhibited in St Mary's Cathedral Crypt.

The CryptEntitled The First Australian Catholics - from convict ships to the great fire, this exhibition has been a very attractive reason to visit St Mary's.

Included in the exhibition are several display cases of some fascinating artefacts from those early days: The oaken tabernacle which housed the Blessed Sacrament left in the custody of lay people in the Colony in 1817; Convict Vestments, made about 1800 from damask silk which is dated as early as 1750; Candlesticks and crucifix which is believed to have been used in the first official Mass in 1803; The Marriage dollar said to have been loaned to financially embarrassed bridegrooms by Fr Therry to pay for their marriage service; artefacts of John Bede Polding, first Archbishop of Sydney.

The Crypt may at times be closed for Mass and Special Events. Please contact the Cathedral on (02) 9220 0400 for opening times.