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07-August-2015 (Bryan Hardy)
07-August-2015 (Bryan Hardy)

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A plaque commemorates the first Colonial Chaplain, the Reverend John Burdett Wittenoom.

Reverend Wittenoom was an Anglican clergyman who was appointed by the British Government to be the Colonial Chaplain for the Swan River Colony from 1829. He served from when he arrived in 1830 until he died in 1855. For many years he was the only minister of any denomination in the colony and in time, the size of his flock grew from a few hundred to many thousand.

He opened a small grammar school in Perth between 1847 and 1855, and was the Chairman of the Education Committee. He was a Freemason in the St. John Lodge and a JP. After he died, his widow served as the Mistress of the Perth Girls' School between 1856 and 1858.



Address:38 St Georges Terrace, St George`s Cathedral, North Wall, Perth, 6000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.955775
Long: 115.861472
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

To the memory of the Revd John Burdett Wittenoom, M. A. 

Who, for a quarter of a century, discharged the sacred functions of Chaplain to this Territory and officiated as Minister of this Church, from its rrection to his decease and under whose Ministry, amidst the struggles and privations of an infant colony, a scion to the Church of England was planted in a remote wilderness.

This tablet has been erected by members of the flock of which he was so long the respected Pastor.

Died 23rd January, 1855, Aged 66 Years.

Source: MA
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