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Adelaide, SA - St Luke's Anglican


State: South Australia
Denomination: Anglican
Address: 21 Whitmore Square Adelaide
GPS: -34.932535, 138.593484

History and Architecture:

The Church is one of the most significant in Adelaide. The first part of it was built in 1855. It remains one of the earliest Anglican Churches in Adelaide.

Divine Service appears to have been first conducted in a Schoolroom in Hobson's Place, between Sturt and Wright Streets. In December, 181-)3, a meeting was held in Hole Trinity Schoolroom, presided over by Ir. Justice Cooper, when it was reported that a sum of 120 had been subscribed for the purpose of erecting a Church in the south-west portion of the City. *

A Grain store in Wright Street was made available until such time as the new Church was completed. It was suggested that the site of the Church should be nearer to the centre of the Cite, in either Wright or Gouger Streets, but eventually' it was decided to build on the Whitmore Square site, this land was given by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign parts.*

In April, 1854, a meeting of the subscribers was held. At this meeting a letter was read from the Bishop, stating that owing to the price an iron Church would cost £1 - £2,000 (exclusive of expenses), he thought it inexpedient to purchase such a Church and advised against doing so. Special meetings were then held and it was decided to proceed with a stone one, and Mr E. Wright was appointed Architect.*

The Iron Church was condemned.

The Foundation stone was laid on September 11th, 1855 by the Governor. Amongst those present was the Bishop and Rev. J. Pollitt. The Church was consecrated on February 14th of 1856.

The Church was destroyed by fire in 1992 and re built.


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* The list may not contain all serving Clergy.
1854 - Rev James POLLITT  
1881 - 1884 Rev Frank COGHLAN  
1884 - 1896 Rev G.H. FARR  
1896 - Rev W.G. MARSH  
1912 - Rev D.J. KNOX  
1922 - Rev C.W.T. ROGERS  
1932 - 1939 Rev J.B. MONTGOMERIE  
1939 - Rev C.W.J. GUMBLEY, M.A.  
1945 - Rev E.D.J. SHAXTED  
1953 - Rev G.C. BENNETT  
1964 - Rev David John BINNS  
1977 - 1980 Rev R.A.W. HAIRE  
1980 - Rev David John BINNS  
2010 - Rev Martin WOODFORDE  
Extract: St Luke's Church Centenary Booklet 1855 to 1955
Adelaide, SA - St Luke's Anglican