Anglican Church, Kingston (first)

Opened 1842.
Replaced 1894 by the current wooden church.

The Courier, 12 February 1841

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

St Saviour’s Anglican Church, Meander


It has been decided to build a new Anglican Church at Meander to seat 150, the present building being too small and inconvenient. It will be let for state and Sunday schools, lanterns, socials, etc. It is hoped the Bishop will be able to lay the corner stone of the new building when he comes for Confirmation about November.
Launceston Examiner, 11 July 1896

The Archdeacon of Hobart is announced to lecture to-morrow evening in St. Mark’s school-room under the title of “A chat about New Guinea.” As the rev. gentleman will speak from personal observation, the address should prove very interesting Mr. A. Gridley’s tender for roofing St Mark’s Church has been accepted; also Mr. Reilly’s (Exton) for building a new Anglican church at Meander.

Launceston Examiner, 19 May 1897
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(former) Trinity Church/Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart


Cnr Brisbane & Campbell Sts, Hobart. Google Maps.
Opened 1833 on a site adjoining the prisoner barracks, later city gaol. It was used as a chapel for the prisoners and to cater for the free population that had grown too large for St David’s. Anglican services but never consecrated, due to its association with the prisoners. For more information, visits one of the links below.

(Unofficial) Web site
Companion to Tasmanian History

National Trust page for visiting details.
Lithograph, 1834
Proposed entrance.

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St John’s Anglican Church & cemetery (site), St Johns Park, New Town


St Johns Ave, New Town. Google Maps. The church is flanked by the buildings of the King/Queen’s Orphan school which were opened two years earlier.
Foundation stone laid 1834.
Opened 1835, to provide a second Anglican church for the residents of Hobart Town and surrounds.
Consecrated 1838.

Some background (and better photos)
Organ (and some nice internal photos)
Friends of the Orphan Schools: background, interesting photos (inc. inside of tower) and associated buildings.
Memorial plaques/stones

Other images:
Plans (1 or 2) and cross-section
Drawing, 1831
Paiting, 1840s
Interior, stereograph c. 1865

Queens Asylum, New Town
St Johns Avenue leading up to church, with  orphan school on either side. (c. 1880, from my collection).
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Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Ulverstone

The first Anglican church in Ulverstone was opened in 1868, “on the site of the cemetery” in Leven St. Prior to that services were “held in Mr. Fogg’s store, on the Esplanade”. In the 1890s, the church was moved to its present site and enlarged. The current building was constructed c.1960.


10 Kings Parade, Ulverstone. Google Maps.
Facebook page.
Photo c.1960>
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All Saints Anglican Church, Forth

The first Anglican church was opened in 1868, near the site of the cemetery (Google Maps, but was later moved to a more central location. In 1933 it was destroyed by fire, and the current building was constructed.

A Bazaar was held at the Forth, on Thursday week, to help the funds of the new Church lately erected there. Despite the bad weather, &c, the attendance was very good, and fancy articles were disposed of to the amount of £52, a sum really to be wondered at, considering the dulness of the times. The Amateur Minstrel Band was engaged for the occasion, and dispensed sweet music, at intervals, from the store adjacent to the Bazaar Booth, and all went merry as a marriage bell. Outside, the young folks enjoyed themselves with football and cricket until the shades of evening fell. Taking the inclemency of the weather, hard times, &c., into consideration, the Forth Bazaar was a decided success.
Cornwall Chronicle, 11 April 1868

A new place of worship at the Forth in connection with the Church of England, was opened for Divine service on 27th April.
Launceston Examiner, 23 April 1868
[That might be the 27th March?]


Leith Rd, Forth. Google Maps
Opened 1936.

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All Saints Anglican Church, Swansea

From an article written for the parish’s centenary (1939):

Religious services were held in the district as early as 1833, conducted by the Society of Friends. Later, Congregational services were held. In 1838 the building of an Anglican Church was discussed. The Rev. Joseph Mayron visited the district this year, when the first baptism was recorded in the register.

On March 1, 1839, Mr. Mayron was appointed by Bishop Broughton, of Sydney, to be colonial chaplain of Great Swan Port. On March 17 the first service was held in the “new school,” as the church building was called. Early baptisms include children of members of the 11th and 96th Regiments, 57th Fusiliers and Light Infantry, who were stationed at Waterloo Point, the site of the settlement then.

The first meeting of the church committee was held in September, 1839. The church was situated in a square of gum trees, on the present golf links. About 1881 the building was in a dangerous condition, and was pulled down. The present church was built by Mr. A. Gemmell, to the design of Mr. H. Hunter, of Hobart, at a cost of £450. The foundation stone was laid in 1871, and the consecration and dedication took place at the end of the same year, at a service conducted by Bishop Bromby and the Rev. Joseph Mayron.
The Mercury, 21 October 1939


Cnr Noyes & Wellington St, Swansea.
Opened 1871.

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