St Stephen's Anglican Church - Entrance with Olive Tree
St Stephen's Anglican Church 03-01-2020 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria
St Stephen's Anglican Church 03-01-2020 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria

St Stephen's Anglican Church

Portland, VIC 3305

Church Information

Church Name: St Stephen's Anglican Church
Church Previous Name: St Stephen's Church of England
Denomination: Anglican Church of Australia
Street Address: 57 Julia St, Portland VIC 3305, Australia
Suburb: Portland
State: VIC
Postcode: 3305
Foundation Stone Laid: 24-03-1855
Foundation Stone Notes: 

A marble tablet records: This corner stone of St Stephen's Church to be consecrated for the worship of The Holy Blessed and Glorious Trinity according to the Theses and Ceremonies of the Church of England was laid this 24th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five being the 18th year of the reign of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria of England, by The Venerable Henry Thomas Braim, Doctor of Divinity, Archdeacon of Portland.

Sir Charles Hotham KCB Lieut Governor of the Colony .

The Right Reverend Charles Perry DD Bishop of the Diocese.

The Rev James Yelverton Wilson, Chaplain of St Stephen's Parish of Portland 

George Mawer Mathewson, Architect.

A notice by the olive tree records: This olive tree was brought as a seedling from the Garden of Gethsemane in the Holy Land by Archdeacon J C P Allnutt and planted here by him ~ 1881 ~

Date Opened: unknown
Date Closed: unknown


The St Stephen's Anglican Church, Portland is Victoria's oldest Anglican Church. Its history dating back to the town's initial founding in 1834. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 29/1/2020.





Last Updated: Wednesday 29th January, 2020