BISHOP MERCER ON TOUR.
Bishop Mercer arrived by last evening’s train, and delivered a lecture at the Metropole Theatre on “Competition.” This evening he administered confirmation to a number of children at St. Martin’s Church. To-morrow he will visit Gormanston to dedicate St. Cuthbert’s Church, and in the evening will give a lecture in Gaffney’s Hall. On Saturday his Lordship will hold a reception at Queenstown, returning to Gormanston on Sunday for the purpose of holding a confirmation service; leaving again for Zeehan on Monday. During his visit here the Bishop is the guest of Mr. R. Sticht.
Examiner, 20 November 1903
Opened 1840s. Replaced by current St Marks in 1859.
On Thursday the Bishop left for Deloraine, accompanied as before by the Rural Dean, C. Meredith, Esq., J. P., and other inhabitants of Port Sorell. His Lordship had a narrow escape of meeting the bushrangers, as the man sent as a guide was stopped by two armed men, who stripped and otherwise ill treated him. On Friday the Bishop assisted by the Rural Dean, the Rev. John Bishton &c, laid the foundation of the Church and School house at Deloraine. The contractor has agreed to complete this building within three months.
The Courier, 8 May 1845
Huon Highway, Franklin. Google Maps approximate location (red-roofed building at end of street that runs past Frank’s Cider Bar & Cafe).
3468 Channel Highway, Woodbridge. Google Maps.
Opened 1885. Previously the congregation shared the use of a chapel with the Wesleyans.
From A Short Account of Christ Church, Longford, the drawing “is made from the south of the [current] Church and shows the great window. The old Church is seen behind and more to the north; it was pulled down as soon as the other was in use, and the bricks were used for the building of the Sunday School, which seems to have been finished by December, 1845.”
Replaced 1894 by the current wooden church.
Brown’s River.— The church at this place was opened to the public on Sunday last ; it was very much crowded, and the Rev. Mr. Freeman, who has been inducted to the parish of Kingboro’, delivered a very impressive and appropriate address on the occasion.
Cornwall Chronicle, 30 April 1842
Sir,-Having read your report of the meeting held here on the 4th inst., which I was not at, I should like to say a few words upon the subject considered.
First, relative to Mr. Firth’s good-natured offer to give stone for the new church. When the old church was repaired in 1856-57, all the neighbours possessed of quarries willing to give the stone required for the purpose ; but I had the pleasure of having stone from a quarry on my land selected and used as the most likely to be enduring, some of the original stone having fretted away. The bell-tower, taken down some time ago, was entirely of my stone, and its quality for durability has been approved by all the builders who have seen it. Now, it is certainly desirable that a new stone of church should be built of the most durable material to be had ; therefore, before it is dually decided that Mr. Firth’s stone should be used, I think it should be compared by experts with mine, and any other that may be offered ; and in the event of the decision being again in favour of my stone, like Mr. Firth, I would be most happy to have it again used, free of cost.
I am far, however, from sure myself that it would be most advisable to build of stone. The foundation of the present structure is believed to have been the source of all the trouble there has been with it, and it is quite probable it may be difficult and very expensive to get a secure foundation for a new heavy building on the site of the old church, whilst the stability of the foundation would not be of the same consequence were the building to be of wood; and, again, a wooden building would be easier and less expensively enlarged as population increases, It might, too, be planned to provide for enlargement.
The Kingston church has within my recollection, been for 39 years a terror to churchwardens, and it behoves builders of a new church on the old spot to be careful what they are about. The church, in the course of a few years, showed signs of inclining towards the “eastern position,” and since then has cost, from time to time, nobody knows what for further repairs to the structure. Quite enough, I believe, to have built and kept in repair a good wooden church.
It is to be hoped that no unfortunate decision may be again arrived at, and that the new church, if of stone,’ will not pursue its ancestor’s vagaries.-Yours, etc
Brown’s River, December 7.
The Mercury, 14 December 1893