Published: Monday 20 April 2015
By Christopher Akehurst, Kairos Catholic Journal
THE year of the Melbourne Olympics, 1956, came at a time when the beachfront townships strung along the southern part of the Frankston railway line were in transformation from clusters of holiday houses in unmade sandy streets to full-blown suburbs. Mordialloc, where the railway and the Nepean Highway both touch the coast, was still a holiday and boating village but already had a wide shopping strip and an expanding residential district. It was growing quickly, but until 1956 its church, St Brigid’s, was little more than a chapel in the school built in 1910 as part of the parish of Mentone.