St James' Anglican Church
St James' Anglican Church 24-01-2020 - John Huth, Wilston, Brisbane
St James' Anglican Church - Hall 15-08-2019 - Peter Liebeskind

St James' Anglican Church

Rylstone, NSW 2849

Church Information

Church Name: St James' Anglican Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Anglican Church of Australia
Street Address: 45 Mudgee St, Rylstone NSW 2849, Australia
Suburb: Rylstone
State: NSW
Postcode: 2849
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

No Foundation Stone or Memorial Plaque details are known. Information/photographs are invited.

A plaque records: St James' Church of England - 1857 - St James' Church, now the Anglican Church, was founded in 1850. The first services were held in Mr Blackstone's wool shed on 'Moonbucca' and later in a small slab building that also served a Rylstone's first school, still standing at the rear of the rectory . 

The Gothic Revival stone church was erected by the local stonemason John Purvis. The Reverend James Gurney was the first minister appointed in 1858. The building was consecrated in 1864 and the east end added in 1870. A year later there were 154 parishioners in a town population of 234. St James' early pioneering families paid a rental fee for their pews until 1917.

The building features memorials in the form of a pulpit and 10 stained glass windows, including 'Light of the World' by Holman Hunt. The Warriors' Chapel honours those who died serving their country.

For the Centenary celebrations, part of the original timber floor was replaced with European marble and a marble altar added.

A plaque records: Erected in gratitude for the life of - Thelma Lovering - Macfarlane - 1899 ~ 1995 - widow of Stuart Robertson - Macfarlane MC of 'Old Baerami' Denman - daughter of Walter Allan & Sarah Penelope Thorne (Nee Butler) of - 'Umbiella' Glen Alice.

Date Opened: 00-00-1864
Date Closed: unknown


The St James' Anglican Church, Rylstone is part of the Parish of Cudgegong Valley and the Diocese of Bathurst. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 13/4/2020 & 8/6/2021.

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Last Updated: Tuesday 8th June, 2021