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Battery Point, TAS - St George's Anglican


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.


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.



* The list may not contain all serving Clergy.
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 - Rector John LANGLOIS  
Battery Point, TAS - St George's Anglican