The Church of St. John the Baptist, Goulburn street, Hobart Town, now in course of erection, is calculated to accommodate 500 worshippers, in a locality where additional Church-room is greatly needed. The present contract is for the erection of the walls only, at an estimated cost of £1800. The contract was made on the 1st September last; and the funds then in hand did not exceed £1200, leaving a deficiency of £600, for which the members of the Building Committee are responsible. But it is supposed that another £600, at least, will be required to roof in the building, and render it externally complete.
The Courier, 2 November 1854
CHURCH MEETING.- On Friday evening, a meeting was held in the School Room, in Goulbourn-street, to take into consideration the measures for completing the interior of the new Church of St. John the Baptist, the Bishop of Tasmania in the chair. The Rev. Mr. Cox, the incumbent of the parish, addressed the meeting at some length, and strenuously advocated that open seats should be adopted, and that pews should be expunged : the reverend gentleman was supported in his views by Messrs. Curwen Walker, Mr. Buckland, the Rev. Mr. Davenport, and the Bishop, who all concurred in the abolition of the pew system. A resolution to this effect was passed ; and a vote of thanks having been given to the Right Reverend Chairman, the meeting separated.
Hobarton Mercury, 2 July 1855
THE CONSECRATION OF ST. JOHN’S CHURCH
Took place yesterday, according to appointment. The Bishop of Tasmania, with eleven assistant clergymen and a large congregation, took part in the interesting ceremony : His Lordship offering the Prayers peculiar to the act of consecration, the Rev F. H. Cox, as minister of the church, reading Morning Prayer and assisting in the Communion, the Rev Messrs. Buckland and Gellibrand reading the appointed lessons, and Messrs. Irwin and Davenport the Epistle and Gospel; the sermon (from 2 Sam vii 1, 2), being preached by the Bishop. The people’s part, in response and united psalmody, was not the least hearty and touching part of the service. The offerings of the congregation, towards the liquidation of the debt upon the building, were collected by the Revs. Messrs. Seaman and Drew, assisted by the Churchwardens, and amounted to £101.
We would gladly give an account of the architectural beauty and striking effect of the structure thus consecrated, and some notice also of the festive doings by which the parishioners in the evening rejoiced over the completion of their great work, but our present limits forbid us to enlarge. We must be content with expressing the universal feeling of those who had the privilege of taking part in the whole proceedings, that the 22nd of May will be a day long and gratefully to be remembered.
The Courier, 23 May 1856
This and next photo: former parish hall.