The first Anglican chapel was opened in 1891, replaced by a concrete church in 1909. The article at the bottom of this page has the history of the Anglican church in Zeehan up to the opening of the new church.
ST. LUKE’S CHURCH
Mr. W. G. Wells, contractor, has all the preliminaries in hand towards commencing the erection of the Anglican Church next week. The building will be in camerated cement, and should be completed about the end of May.
The Examiner, 19 January 1909
NEW CHURCH OPENED AT ZEEHAN.
At Zeehan yesterday St. Luke’s Church was opened. In April, 1907, a committee was appointed to carry out a building scheme, and a start was made to collect the necessary funds by those duly authorised, viz., Messrs. J. L. Hog gins (secretary). T. A. Hogg (treasurer), H. Beresford, D. V. Allen. and T. H. Vincent (churchwardens), and H. C. Webb, A. S. Stebbins, J. Overall, H. W. Judd, and J. O. Storey. Needless to state, the Rev. H.H. Anderson (rector) has been in the front rank of every movement to facilitate the whole business. Plans were ordered to be pre pared, and Mr. Alex. North, of Launceston, was entrusted with the work. and the foundation stone was laid by Bishop Mercer in December of the same year. Camerated concrete having come to the fore during the few preceding years, and having an abundance of excellent mate rials for such lying in the form of concentrates on the several mining dumps, it was decided, after experimenting with this materiel, to erect a building in concrete, and the plans were prepared accordingly. A contract was secured by Mr. W. C. Wells, the well-known Zeehan builder, the figure being £710. Additional expenses for the furniture and seating will bring the total expenditure up to about £900.
The dimensions of the new building are as follow:-Nave, 75ft. by 32ft., with chancel 27ft. by 18ft. The walls are of camerated concrete 9in. thick. These were laid down in the most approved style, course by course, and the contractor and his men displayed a knowledge and ingenuity both as regards the necessary plant and carrying out of the work, which, excepting that of the National Bank, also executed by the same firm, is the first of its kind attempted in the west, while everything points to its proving not only highly satisfactory to this class of structure, but also to our climatic conditions. The walls are of a good height, and the roof carries a large pitch, the building being provided with good sanitary arrangements, and also having splendid acoustic properties. All doors and outlets are in accord with health ideas. and the latest by-laws, and the premises, topped up by a smart belfry tower, present an imposing and ornate appearance. The contract for the seating was secured by Messrs. T. and T. Gunn, Limited, of Launceston, and the materials used in construction is Scottsdale stringy bark. The timber is very handsome, presenting the appearance of light oak. The work is clean, and carried out in this firm’s well-known style. But, although neat in design, the seating could have been made more rakish and comfortable by splaying the backs and raising the front of the seats accordingly. Mr. H. C. Webb has been responsible for raising the funds for a handsome brass lectern, which Salisbury’s Foundry Company, Launceston, has supplied at a cost of £15. Mr. Webb has undoubtedly been the man behind the financial gun, and has taken, with many others, a very keen interest in the proceedings. Mr. A. S. Stebbins has presented a red satin dorsal, the edging being in very hand some embroidery. Mr. R. Kirkwood donated the litany desk, the design being his own. The furniture for the vestry and porch were given by Messrs. C. F. Edwards and H. C. Webb. Readers will see by the above that St. Luke’s congregation possesses friends with a liberal turn of mind.
The building is lighted by stained glass windows, the window in the western end being particularly handsome. The contractor, Mr. W. G. Wells, donated the coloured glass. The ceiling is very handsome. It is anticipated the church will be opened, and the debt thereon will not exceed £250. Should the bazaar to be held at the end of the present month prove a success, the total may be considerably lessened. In conclusion, the Anglican congregation may be credited with having a very fine building, very complete in detail, and easily the best church property on the coast. To all concerned much credit is due, and the contractor should feel proud of his handicraft, that should at least pre sent a lasting advertisement for faithful work. The old building will be used in future for Sunday school purposes, also as a parish hall for meetings, concerts, etc., supplying a long-felt want.
The Examiner, 12 August 1909
CHURCH OF ENGLAND, ZEEHAN.
On Sunday evening, at St. Luke’s, the Rector (Rev. H. H. Anderson), in his address on the Church of England, Zeehan, said:—
This evening we have come to the end of a chapter in the history of the Church in Zeehan. This week we shall commence a new chapter on a new page. This building, which for many more years than was at first expected has fulfilled a function that was only intended to be temporary, will revert to the use for which it was intended, and for which, from its appearance and size, it is more suited. The church building is the focus and centre of the church life in a parish. Clergy may come, and clergy may go, but it remains ; new officials may replace old ones; congregations may fluctuate; but the building stands as the outward symbol and sign of the worship of God. We may rejoice, therefore, that in the providence of God we are to ‘ move into a building that will be more worthy of the worship of the Great King of all the Earth ; that will, from its atmosphere, help to foster the religious feelings ; help, I trust, to deepen our devotions.
Yet there must be many who have a feeling of affection for this old building. There are some who have been married in it; many whose children have been baptised in it; a few who have heard the last solemn words of the church pronounced in it over their beloved dead. To myself, personally, there are special reasons which cause the leaving of this building, even for one so much finer — to have, as it were, a tinge of sentiment. This is the first church of which I have been in sole charge, and I shall always look back to the hours I have spent within its walls as among the happiest and the holiest in my life. It seemed to me appropriate, then, that we should, this evening, spend the last few minutes of our service in a retrospect of the history of the building, bound up, as it is, with the history of our church in Zeehan.
The first clergyman resident on the West Coast was Canon Icely. He and his wife arrived here in October, 1889, and be held his first service in an hotel He travelled all over the district, holding services in halls, stores, Customs shed, and hotels, and, in spite of the fearful state of the roads and the hardships of travelling in those days, his –ble wife accompanied him every where. She was the first woman on Dundas, and the parson’s wife was as well known as the parson in the mining camps scattered about the field. Early in 1890 the ground for a church in Zeehan was pegged out; it was the block on which the old Chapel of Ease stood. At the end of that year the Rev. A. G. King came out from England to take charge of the West Coast, and Canon Icely was called away to another sphere of labor. The conditions of life here were very hard then ; he had to live in a tent, with little or no privacy, often unable to get his clothes dried after his day’s work. Unwearing in his efforts, his bodily strength was not equal to his spirit. Old West Coasters have told me how they have met him tramping along the muddy quagmires that served as roads in those days, when it was evident that he was fitter to be in bed, and it is on record that he was once found in fainting condition on the road to Trial Harbor, and a horse had to be sent out to bring him in. All honor to those brave pioneers of our church in those early days.
At the end of the year 1890 a bazaar was held on behalf of a parsonage fund, and a sum of £150 was raised by it. Early in 1891 Mr King bought the land on the hill where the houses occupied by Mr Beresford and Mr A. J. Scott now stand. A four-roomed cottage was first built, and services were hold in one of its rooms. And then this building was erected. From the first it was not intended to be a permanent church, for the records read: ‘It is only a temporary building, capable of seating about 200 people, it being the intention of the parishioners to subsequently erect a much more imposing edifice, and devote the first building to the purposes if a Sunday school, hall for entertainments, parochial meetings, etc.” It was not as large as it now is, as it was only 46ft long, and had no porch, and yet such was the cost of carriage of materials in those days, the railway not being completed, that to erect even that small build inn necessitated an expenditure of over £400.
At the annual meeting in January, 1897, a Building Committee was formed. Two schemes were under discussion — one to move and enlarge this building, and the other to sell it and the ground on which it stood, and build a new church, and in January, 1899, at the annual meeting, a motion favoring the latter scheme was passed, but later on we find the Building Committee favoring the former scheme. In August, 1898, the block of land on which our church now stands was bought, and the discussion over the two schemes continued. When the Bishop visited Zeehan in October, 1890, the erection of a new church, at a cost of £800, was decided upon. But it was the removal scheme after all that was carried out, and in May, 1891, the vestry reported that the building had been removed and enlarged ; 14ft of length was added to it, and a porch. Later on in the year the Building Committee resigned in a body, and the project of raising a new church again fell through.
At the beginning of 1902 another effort was made to raise funds for a new church, fresh schemes ? ????g being introduced, but Canon de Coetlogon left in May, and the money that had been collected was handed back to the donors. The Rev. W. S. Stone was appointed , Rector, and held that position till the end of 1905. The Rev. T. H. Pitt was put in temporary charge(?) (?) April, and was followed by the Rev. C. ?den. The Rev. A. F.. Hutchinson was appointed Rector, and took over charge in 1906, and at the beginning of 1907 I replaced him. Mr Hutchinson had obtained plans for a new church from Sir North, architect, in Launceston, and in April, 1907, at a meeting of parishioners, the present Building Committee was elected. The details or their work will come in connection with the new building.
Zeehan & Dundas Herald, 19 August 1909