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Battery Point TAS- St George's Anglican

7064

State: Tasmania
Denomination: Anglican
Address:

30 Cromwell Street Battery Point

GPS:

-42.8912,147.332754

 

 

History and Architecture:

Located on the highest point of Battery Point, once known as Kermode's Hill the Church was designed by two of Hobart's earliest and best known architects. The land was in fact purchased from William Kermode for £250.00.
 
It was designed in the Neo-Classical style by the Government architect, John Lee Archer, designing the body of the building while the tower and porch were designed by convict architect, James Blackburn. The tower was completed in 1847 while the Porch was completed in 1888. The nave was designed by Archer and built by John Wright, cost £1,239.

The tower holds a bell cast at the Swain’s Foundry Hobart in 1853 and which weighs in at 405 kilograms.
 
The building was constructed of sandstone from the Domain quarries, brown rubble stone from Trinity Hill and stringybark from Port Arthur.

The original foundation Stone was laid on 19 October, 1839 by Lieutenant Governor George Arthur 11 days before his tour of duty ended. The foundation stone is not visible now owing to additions to the building. Consecration    took place in 1838 by the first, and only, Bishop of Australia, the Rt. Rev. Dr. W. G. Broughton.

The Tower and Porch was designed by the convict architect James Blackburn, and is very similar to St. Pancras' Church, London,

The Tower was built within ten years of the Nave, but the Porch was not added until 1888. The portion of the Tower where the bell hangs is a copy of the Temple of the Winds in Athens.

Renovations over the years included the tower in 1919, re roofing the naïve in 1931 and stone work in 1938.

Organ:

The first organ was built in 1867 by Bishop & Starr, London but was moved to Christ College chapel, Dynnyrne a suburb of Hobart. The present organ was built in 1985 and incorporates pipework and parts by Hele and Hunter from redundant English organs.

Clergy*:

Explanations

1838 - 1839

Rev T.J. Ewing

1840 - 1858

Rev H.P. Fry

1859 - 1902

Canon B. Smith

1902 - 1913

Rev A. Brain

1913 - 1920

Rev D. Baker

1920 - 1930

Rev T. Quigley

1931 - 1934

Rev C.C. Short

1934 - 1944

Rev A.A. Bennett

1944 - 1952

Rev L.L. Nash

1952 - 1971

Rev A.G. Reynolds

1971 -

Rev E.G. Beavan

1993 -

Rev W.J. Jolly

2009 - Rec John Langlois 
   

* The list may not contain all serving Clergy

Battery Point TAS- St George's Anglican
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2010