St Stephen's Anglican Church
St Stephen's Anglican Church 17-09-2018 - Peter Liebeskind
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St Stephen's Anglican Church

Newtown, NSW 2042

Church Information

Church Name: St Stephen's Anglican Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Anglican Church of Australia
Street Address: 189 Church St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Suburb: Newtown
State: NSW
Postcode: 2042
Foundation Stone Laid: 17-12-1844
Foundation Stone Notes: 

The foundation stone for the first St Stephen's Church was laid on 17/12/1844 by the Right Rev Dr William Broughton, first Bishop of Australia. The text on the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited.

The foundation stone for the present church building was laid on 11/11/1871 by the Governor, Somerset Richard Lowry-Corry, Earl Belmore. The text on the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited.

(Empire - 13 November 1871)   "ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH, NEWTOWN. -- THE FOUNDATION-STONE. ON Saturday afternoon the foundation-stone of St. Stephen's Church, Newtown, was laid by his Excellency Earl Belmore. The new church is to be built within the ground of the cemetery. The architect is Mr. E. T. Blackett, the contractors Messrs. Dowling and Kirkham. A model of the church was exhibited on the ground. It will be a spacious and picturesque building. The Rev. Robert Taylor is the incumbent, Messrs. C. Rolleston, Crane, and W. G. Sedgwick churchwardens.

The Notice Board records that St Stephen's Anglican Church, Newtown was established in 1845. The present building was designed by Edmund Blackett and completed in 1874.

Date Opened: 09-09-1845
Date Closed: unknown


The first St Stephen's Anglican Church, Newtown  was consecrated on 9/9/1845 by Bishop Broughton. 

With a growing population, it became too small and a new St Stephen's was built on a site in the Camperdown Cemetery. The first service was held on Easter Sunday 5/4/1874, and it was officially opened on 9/4/1874. The first St Stephen's continued to be used as a church hall and Sunday Scholl until it was destroyed by fire on 16/9/1938.

 (Sydney Morning Herald - 10 April 1874)   "April 9. A new Protestant Episcopal Church opened at Newtown. The Bishop of Sydney officiated. The church is a handsome stone building, with accommodation for about 800 persons, and has been erected at the cost of about £9000."

More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 27/4/2018 & 22/11/2020.

Last Updated: Sunday 22nd November, 2020