St Ambrose Anglican Church
St Ambrose Anglican Church 09-02-2020 - John Huth, Wilston, Brisbane
St Ambrose Anglican Church 09-02-2020 - John Huth, Wilston, Brisbane

St Ambrose Anglican Church

Gilgandra, NSW 2827

Church Information

Church Name: St Ambrose Anglican Church
Church Previous Name: St Ambrose War Memorial Anglican Church
Denomination: Anglican Church of Australia
Street Address: 58 Myrtle St, Gilgandra NSW 2827, Australia
Suburb: Gilgandra
State: NSW
Postcode: 2827
Foundation Stone Laid: 22-11-1920
Foundation Stone Notes: 

Foundation stone of the first church records: In the faith of - The Risen Saviour - this stone was laid - by Charles Edward - Bishop of Bathurst - Sept 22nd 1902.

A plaque on the statue cross in front of the church records: A M D G - In memory of those - who died in World War I - 1914 ~ 1918.

Foundation stone records: To the Glory of God - Nov. 22nd 1920 - This foundation stone was laid by His Excellency - Sir Walter Davidson KCMG - Governor of New South Wales - and blessed by The Lord Bishop of Bathhurst - George Merrick Long CBE DD LL D - A memorial to the fallen and a thank offering for peace.

A stone tablet records: This tablet records that the people - of S Ambrose Bournemouth England - sent a gift of 1,200 [pounds] for the foundation of - the Church of S Ambrose Gilgandra NSW - as a thankoffering to God for victory - in the Great War and as a token of - brotherhood with the men of Australia - who fought with the mother country - for the freedom of the world - AD 1919 - The foundation stone was laid 22 Nov 1920 - and the church consecrated 26 July 1922 - We Thank Thee O God.

Notice Board records: Consecrated in 1922 as a peace memorial following the Great War and in memory of the Cooee March of 1915.

A plaque on the wooden cross records: This ironbark cross - hewn by hand - commemorates 100 years - of Anglican minisrtry in - Gilgandra. - A memorial to the commitment to Christ of - the Bush Brothers - 22.9.2002.

A stone tablet records: This Narthex - was hallowed on Saturday 18th February 2012 - by The Right Reverend Richard Hurford OAM CStJ - on the occasion of the celebration of - the 100th Anniversary of Feetham House, - of the ministry of John Oliver Feetham - (Founder of the Bush Brotherhood 110 years ago) - and the 10th Anniversary of - the Company of the Good Shepherd. - 'Go into all the world and make disciples - (By bicycle, horse and car and any other means) - baptizing them in the name of - the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." Mathew 27:19

Date Opened: 26-07-1922
Date Closed: unknown


The first Anglican services in Gilgandra were held before 1900 in the Union Church (in the current location of the Masonic Lodge). They built their first church on this site, known as the Church of the Resurrection, opening in March 1903. Due to inadequate foundations and the reactive soil, the church building soon showed structural cracks and by the end of World War I, was in a state of disrepair.

The current St Ambrose Anglican Church, Gilgandra was built in 1921/22 and opened by the Bishop of Bathurst, Dr Long on 26 July 1922. Following the new church opening, the old church was demolished.

More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 27/3/2020.

For more of the story see - Back to Gilgandra, September 20~26, 1937, page 52.
Last Updated: Sunday 6th February, 2022