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19-December-2014
19-December-2014

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The Lych Gate commemorates the pioneers of the Church in Gippsland and was opened in 1947, the centenary year of the Church of England in Gippsland. It is a memorial to three pioneer evangelists of East Gippsland, Robert Martin, John Sackfield and Edith Reece. 

St John's Anglican Church was built in 1928, with funds donated by Edith Reece, an English woman who worked as a deaconess at Cann River from 1922 to 1932.

On December 6, at Cann River, the Governor-General, Right Hon. W. J. McKell, unveiled a memorial tablet and opened the Lych Gate at St. John's Church of England Cann River, in connection with the centenary of the Church England in Gippsland. It is a memorial to three pioneer evangelists of East Gippsland, Robjert Martin, John Sackfield and Edith Reece. The memorial was dedicated by the Bishop of Gippsland, Right Rev. D. B. Blackwood.
Gippsland Times (Vic), 11 December 1947.

Location

Address:Princes Highway (Genoa Street), St John`s Uniting Church, Cann River, 3890
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.565914
Long: 149.152756
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Gate
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Religion
Approx. Event Start Date:1847
Approx. Event End Date:1947

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 6th December, 1947
Left Side Inscription

             A.M.D.G.
CENTENARY OF CHURCH
1847 IN GIPPSLAND 1947
IN MEMORY OF THREE PIONEERS 
ROBERT MARTIN     1884
JOHN SACKFIELD    1893
EDITH REECE           1924
OPENED BY RT.HON.W.J.McKELL
                          GOVERNOR GENERAL 
DEDICATED BY RT.REV.D.B.BLACKWOOD
                                      BISHOP OF GIPPSLAND 
                 6 - 12 - 47

Source: MA
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