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St Andrew's Anglican Church
St Andrew's Anglican Church 00-00-2014 - Newcranston - See Note.
St Andrew's Anglican Church 21-01-2021 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria

St Andrew's Anglican Church

Brighton, VIC 3186

Church Information

Church Name: St Andrew's Anglican Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Anglican Church of Australia
Street Address: 228 New St, Brighton VIC 3186, Australia
Suburb: Brighton
State: VIC
Postcode: 3186
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

No foundation stone details are known about the first church/school building of 1842. Information/photographs are invited.

The foundation stone for the second church building was laid on 29/8/1850 by the Rt Rev Charles Perry, Bishop of Melbourne. The text on the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited.

The foundation stone on the hall records: St Andrew's Parish Hall - This memorial stone was laid by - The Archbishop of Melbourne - Harrington Clare Lees DD - on 18th April 1925 - Vicar: Canon W Hancock MA - Church Wardens ~ John Bishop, C L Marquand, V Gedye ...

The foundation stone on the post 1961 fire building records: In the Faith of Jesus - who is our corner-stone - The Archbishop of Melbourne - The Most Reverend Frank Woods MA DD - laid this foundation stone - on the 8th April 1962.

A plaque records: This cross from the gable - of the north transept - together with the - blue-stone walls of the - old nave, survived the - fire which destroyed old - St Andrew's on February 19th - 1961.

A plaque on a gate post records: This is one of the original - gate posts of the first - Church of St Andrew's, the church then being situated - at No 1 St Andrews St - from 1842 ~ 1850.   The stones of the base - are from the third church- destroyed by fire - 1961.

A Nationsl Trust of Australia - Victoria plaque records: St Andrew's - Historic Graveyard - The first Christian Burial - 9th November 1844.

Date Opened: 30-11-1842
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The first Anglican services in the district were held in a tent and date from about 1840. The first St Andrew's Anglican Church, Brighton building was a church/school dedicated on 30/11/1842 by the Rev Adam Compton Thompson. This was replaced by the second church building, opened on 12/10/1851 by the Rev William Brickwood. To cater for the growing congregation a third church building was erected in 1857. This building was largely destroyed by fire on 19/2/1961. The replacement building retained the west end of the 1857 building and erected a cathedral status building in the place of what had been destroyed. This was opend on 15/12/1962 in the presence of Sir Dallas Brooks, Governor of Victoria and the Most Rev Frank Woods, Archbishop of Melbourne. A small pre-gold rush graveyard is located in the church grounds. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 28/1/2021.

Note: Photograph attribution/source - By Newcranston at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48357234

For more of the story see - St Andrew's Brighton, 1841 ~ 1992: a short history /by Weston Bate. Bib ID 4493267 AND The Anglican Parish of St Andrew, Brighton: a history in celebration of one hundred and seventy years of ministry and fifty years of rebuilding /The Rev Canon Jan Joustra. etc. Bib ID 6537637.  Neither sighted.



Last Updated: Thursday 28th January, 2021