FRANKLIN Village.-On Monday, at three o’clock, the bishop, attended by the rural dean, (the Rev. R. R. Davies,) and the Revds. Messrs. Stackhouse, Wilkinson, Gibbon, and Dr. Browne, laid the first stone of a building, to be erected for the united purposes of a chapel and school, at Franklin Village; an acre of ground having been given by Mr. Britton Jones for that purpose. There were about three hundred persons present, to whom the bishop delivered an eloquent address, particularly dwelling on the value and importance of scriptural education.
Launceston Examiner, 23 October 1844
At Franklin Village, a church and schoolroom has been built of brick, accommodating about 200 persons. It is proposed to open this edifice at Easter; private subscriptions, aided by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, have been collected to defray the expenditure.
Launceston Examiner, 26 March 1845
CHURCH AT FRANKLIN VILLAGE.-On Wednesday, the Lord Bishop of Tasmania opened the new Church at Franklin Village. Long before the appointed hour, the little building was crowded. At three o’clock, the Bishop, accompanied by the Rev. R. R. Davies, Rural Dean, and the Revds. A. Stackhouse, Thomas Reibey, J. H. Forster, and George Wilkinson, proceeded to the entrance of the Church, where the inhabitants presented a petition, requesting his Lordship to open the building by license. The license having been read by the Rural Dean, the prayers were read by the Rev. A. Stackhouse, and the Bishop preached from the text, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” He took occasion in the course of his sermon to express his sorrow at the want of reverence too manifest in many congregations of his church, who continued negligently sitting or standing during the prayers ; and expressed the gratification he felt at witnessing, as he did that day, a whole congregation on bended knees in the appropriate attitude of prayer.
After the sermon, the Bishop, accompanied by the clergy, perambulated the burial ground, and the deed, &c, having been read by the Rural Dean, and inspected by the Bishop, his Lordship proceeded to the consecration of the ground. The sum of 15/. 3s. was collected after the sermon.
Launceston Advertister, 18 April 1845