From an news story written for St Peter’s centenary:
As far back as 1827 Archdeacon Scott, at the Instigation of Thomas Anstey, Police Magistrate of Oatlands, had applied to the Government for appointment of a catechist to represent the Church of England at Oatlands, and for help in erecting a log building for a chapel. The requisition was acceded to, and William Pike was appointed with a salary of £100 a year, and a forage allowance for his St. Peter’s Church of England, Oatlands, in which centenary celebrations will begin next Sunday.
Services were held for a few years beneath a tree on the shore of Lake Dulverton. In 1834 a movement was started for the erection of a church. Land was granted by the Government, and, with the assistance of convict labour, the present building, was opened for worship In 1837. In that year the Rev. G. Morris had already been established as rector of the parish of Bath and chaplain of Oatlands township. In 1840 the .Rev. Gregory Bateman became parish chaplain and rector of Oatlands. He was succeeded in 1847 by the Rev. William Dry, who laboured for three years, until he was succeeded by the Rev. Ison.
The Mercury, 24 June 1837
Accounts from Oatlands state that the inhabitants of that district hare already subscribed the sum of £232, towards the building of a church at Oatlands. A Rural Dean, we understand, is required there.
Colonial Timer, 9 July 1833
OATLANDS CHURCH MEETING.
At a meeting held the 6th day of July 1833 in the Court house of Oatlands, pursuant to public advertisment, for the purpose of taking into consideration the deficiency of religious instruction in the district, and also for considering the proposed measure of building a church at
It was resolved unanimously,
1st, That from the increasing population at growing importance of Oatlands, it is desirat that a church be immediately erected in township.
Hobart Town Courier, 26 July 1833
From PROCEEDINGS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF VAN DIEMEN’S LAND:
The next items to which I consider it proper to direct your attention are those in aid of the building of churches in Hobart Town, New Town, Oatlands, Ross, Hamilton, Richmond, and Campbell Town, and for the enlargement of that of Norfolk Plains.’
It is gratifying to be able to observe that a moiety of the expense of these will be borne by the inhabitants of the respective districts, I am sure it is therefore unnecessary for me to make any comment upon the propriety of granting the assistance which may be necessary
Hobart Town Courier, 11 October 1833
TENDERS will be received until the 1st day of October next, for the erection of a Church and Minister’s Dwelling upon the Township of Oatlands, according to certain plans and specifications, which may he seen at the Police Office there, or at the office of the Archdeacon, in Hobart Town. Security will be required for the completion of the work.
Tenders to he sealed and addressed, “On the public service–To the Police Magistrate, for the Church Building Committee, Oatlands.”
Colonial Times, 25 September 1838
At Oatlands, the parsonage is finished and occupied, whilst the Church is ready for roofing.
The Courier, 20 Ocotber 1840
TENDERS for Pewing the Church at Oatlands will be received by the Rev. W. Dry till the 7th of August.
The Courier, 4 August 1847
THE INHABITANTS of the Oatlands District, after the many years the church of England has been in an unfinished state, have at last a spacious and comfortable place of worship, in every way neatly and conveniently fitted up, owing to the indefatigable exertions of their chaplain, the Rev. William Dry, to whose assiduity in superintending the erection of the pews, doors,&c, and to whose liberality in advancing the amount necessary to defray the expense of material, they are indebted for this universal public good.
The Courier, 19 January 1849