St John the Evangelist Church - Former
St John the Evangelist Church - Former 03-08-2002 - Alan Patterson
St John the Evangelist Church - Former 03-08-2002 - Alan Patterson

St John The Evangelist Church - Former

Wallerawang, NSW 2845

Church Information

Church Name: St John The Evangelist Church - Former
Church Previous Name: Wallerawang Estate Private Chapel
Denomination: Presbyterian Church of Australia
Street Address: Main St, Wallerawang NSW 2845, Australia
Suburb: Wallerawang
State: NSW
Postcode: 2845
Foundation Stone Laid: 28-09-1880
Foundation Stone Notes: 

(Sydney Morning Herald - 29 September 1880)  "WALLERAWANG. TUESDAY. The Bishop of Sydney laid the foundation-stone of a church today. The site and building have been presented by Mrs. Barton."

The text of the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited.

Notice board records: Erected by Mrs Georgina Abbott as a memorial to her parents Mr & Mrs - James Walker & her first husband Mr Edmund Barton. Designed by Blackett & - Son, Architects. Built by George Donald the church was opened 6.11.1881. - as the Wallerawang Estate Private Chapel.  It was used by the Presbyterian - & Anglican Churches from outset & given to both denominations on 18.11.1952 - Presbyterian  ~  Anglican.

Date Opened: 06-11-1881
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org

Comments

St John the Evangelist Church, Wallerawang, constructed between 1880-1881 in the Victorian Gothic architectural style, is a rare example of a major church building erected by private philanthropy.

(Evening News - 16 November 1881)  "New Church at Wallerawang. A new church was opened on Sunday, November 6, at Wallerawang. It has been erected at the sole expense of Mrs. Barton, of Wallerawang House, for the joint use of the Church of England and the Presbyterian Church. The architects, Messrs, Blacket and Son, have, by the liberality of the donor, been enabled to carry out their skill and taste, and to finish every detail before the opening. It is built of stone found in the neighbourhood , with tracery and dressings of stone stone from Mount Victoria."

"The church was used by both Presbyterian and Anglican denominations for many years. In 2002 the Anglican Church relinquished their share of the church and it is now in combined ownership with the Friends of St Johns and the Presbyterian Church.

In 2007 it was passed by charter that this beautiful old church be non-christian denominational. Weddings, funerals and some services are still conducted at the church." (See - https://open.abc.net.au/explore/95197).

No other details are known about the former St John the Evangelist Church. More historical information/photographs of the former church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 31/5/2018.



For more photographs see - http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/visit/VisitItemImages.aspx?isAttraction=1&ID=5053347#ad-image-3
Last Updated: Thursday 31st May, 2018
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