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Albury, NSW - St Mathew's Anglican


State: New South Wales
Denomination: Anglican
Address: 4518 Kiewa Street Albury
GPS: -36.079913, 146.915767

History and Architecture:

The Albury Anglican Parish was established in February 1850 and by 1851 the first rector Henry Elliott had arrived.

By 1856 a plan by Sydney architect Edmund Blacket was accepted and work began in 1857. The first portion: nave, south porch and tower base, was opened on March 13 1859.

The external walls were of local Monument Hill granite, the roof was covered with shingles and the building was 92ft (28m) long by 28ft (8.5m) wide. In 1866 only eleven years after the opening the building was considered too small and during the next seven years sveral plans were discussed for the enlargement of the existing building or for its complete replacement.

The corner stone for the new St Matthew's was laid by T.H. Mate, Esq. on March 29 1874.

The outer walls of the new church were built of granite. All windows, porch and door arches were built of cut stone. The stone for the tracery of the magnificent east window came from the quarries at Table Top, and the granite from Black Range. The white freestone in the transept windows came from Omaru, New Zealand.

The main sanctuary window The Calling of St Matthew was a Lyon and Cottier from Sydney. The transept windows were by Ferguson and Urie of Melbourne. All were destroyed in the fire of September 1991. A bell tower with a ring of eight bells tuned to the key of A, plus one tolling bell, originally from St John's Glastonbury, UK.


The Fincham pipe organ was installed in 1876. It consisted of two manuals and pedal board and contained 1419 pipes on 20 stops. The entire organ was made in Victoria, replacing the pedal organ that had come from Boston in 1869.

There has been several re modelling project over the years of the organ. The pipes were set on a raised structure located at the back of the south tansept. The console was located in a pit on the south side of the church near the south-west wall of the transept.



* The list may not contain all serving Clergy.
1851 - 1858 Rev Henry ELLIOTT  
1858 - 1862 Rev Robert POTTER  
1862 - 1867 Rev Marcus BROWNRIGG  
1867 - 1871 Rev David E JONES  
1871 - 1890 Rev Alfred ACOCKS  
1890 - Rev Charles KINGSMILL  
1897 - Rev George SPENCER  
1904 - Rev Fred BEVAN  
1925 - Rev Norman W GARDINER  
1930 - Rev Reginald D PEATT  
1934 - Rev Clive M STATHAM  
1949 - Rev Fred M HILL  
1960 - 1966 Rev Ross BORDER  
1966 - 1971 Rev Russell OLDMEADOW  
1971 - 1973 Rev John MUNRO  
1973 - 1978 Rev Stephen HOLMES  
1978 - 1979 Rev R.J. LINDBECK  
1979 - 1983 Rev Ken PATFIELD  
1983 - 1985 Rev Robert G BEAL  
1985 - 1989 Rev Donald W. MCMONIGLE  
1987 - 1989 Rev A.P. COVINGTON Asst
1989 - Rev John C DAVIS  
1997 - 1998 Rev S.P. COWARD Asst
1999 - Rev Keith P BRICE  
2010 - Rev Peter MacLeod MILLER  
Albury, NSW - St Mathew's Anglican