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Christ Church Anglican 150th Anniversary : November 2013
Christ Church Anglican 150th Anniversary : November 2013

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Memorial Stone marks the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the church and parish.

The first church built for the Anglican Church in Geelong, Christ Church was opened in 1847. The foundation stone was laid in 1843 by the Bishop of Australia, William Broughton, who was instrumental in initiating the construction of the building.

The first land sales took place in Geelong in 1839 and by 1842 subscriptions were being received for the construction of an Anglican Church. At the request of Bishop Broughton, Edmund Blacket, who had arrived in Sydney that same year, helped to design a church for the Geelong site in 1843. It appears that Broughton played some part in the design, however Blacket, who had not visited the site, provided working drawings and specifications. Blacket was Colonial Architect from 1849-1854 and dominated church design in NSW for forty years. Christ Church was one of his first ecclesiastical commissions. The only other building executed by him in Victoria is the Clarke's Building, Trinity College, University of Melbourne, 1882-3.

Christ Church, Geelong was completed in 1847, but without spire and pinnacles as Blacket intended. The congregation had already outgrown the church by the following year and this resulted in a proposal to enlarge the building.

Location

Address:275 Moorabool Street, Christ Church Anglican, Geelong, 3220
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.153115
Long: 144.35831
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Religion
Actual Event STart Date:7th-October-1843
Actual Event End Date:7th-October-1993

Dedication

Front Inscription

   THIS STONE WAS SET BY
                 KEITH
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE
    PRIMATE OF AUSTRALIA
TO MARK THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE FOUNDATION OF THIS CHURCH
          AND PARISH
      7TH OCTOBER 1993
           INCUMBENTS
1946   W.M.CLINCH        1964  H.E.FAWELL
1956   A.J.WAGSTAFF    1977  H.H.GIRVAN
1960   J.N.BAGNELL       1983   M.B.SMITH

Source: VHR, MA
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