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13-September-2013
13-September-2013

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque commemorates the former Vicar of St Peters and Canon of St Pauls Cathedral, Ernest Selwyn Hughes who died in 1942. 

Melbourne Punch in 1909 described Hughes as easily 'the most interesting figure in the Church of England in Victoria'. As vicar of St Peter's, building on his great experience of poverty in both the East End of London and Fitzroy, he maintained a deep interest in the work of missionary bodies in Melbourne. One of his great contributions to the Church was his ability to bring together the rich and the poor in a common worship. With his splendid speaking voice and great stature he was a dominant and appealing figure in the pulpit and on all church occasions, especially during his open-air street preaching at Fitzroy. An active member of the Amateur Boxing Association, he became known as the 'Fighting Parson' after having with two blows ejected two youths from a church wedding celebration.

Location

Address:15 Gisborne Street, St Peters Eastern Hill, East Melbourne, 3002
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.809701
Long: 144.97529
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Religion
Link: http://adb.anu.edu.au/

Dedication

Front Inscription

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
And In memory of
ERNEST SELWYN HUGHES
Born May 12, 1860.  Died June 16, 1942.

Missioner of the Holy Redeemer, Fitzroy 1889-93
Assistant Priest of St.Peter`s 1894-1900.
Vicar of St Peter`s Parish 1900-1926.
Canon of St Paul`s Cathedral from 1911

PRIEST of GOD and FRIEND of MAN

Pioneer of Church Revival in Australia, who by
his clear faith, tenacity of purpose and benevolent
humanity set the feet of many on the road to God.

Source: MA, ADB
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