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The plaque and stone from St George`s Chapel, Windsor commemorate the centenary of All Saints Church building, which was originally constructed as the Rookwood Cemetery railway station in Sydney, and its tenth anniversary as a consecrated church.

Built of stone the mortuary station fell into disrepair and by the 1950s the building's roof had been destroyed in a bushfire. The Anglican Rector of North Canberra successfully tendered one hundred pounds for the burnt out railway station and in June 1958 the foundation stone of All Saints Church in Ainslie was laid. The new Church, incorporating the stone elements of the former railway station, was designed by W. Pierce and involved the transport and reassembling of 787 tons of stone.

The builder, Stan Taunton, spent much time on site at Rookwood making section drawings of the railway station, supervising demolition of the building and numbering each stone block before transporting them to Canberra by semi-trailer. Pierce's design for the new Church included repositioning the bell tower from one side of the building to the other, glazing the open sides of the station, installing doors on the transepts and converting the stationmaster's rooms into vestries (Boden). The Church was dedicated on All Saints Day, 1 November 1959.


Address:Cowper & Bonney Streets, All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie, 2602
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.264722
Long: 149.139167
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 2nd November, 1969
Front Inscription

This stone from St. George`s Chapel, Windsor, was unveiled by His Excellency the Right Honourable Sir Paul Hasluck,G.C.M.G., K.St.J. Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Commemorating the centenary of this building and the tenth anniversary of its dedication as All Saints`, Canberra.

2nd November, 1969.

The Right Reverend K. J. Clements, B.A., Th. D.  Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn.
C. J. Wadie,  H. S. Clarke,  W. L. Perry,  Wardens.
The Reverend N. J. Chynoweth, E.D., M.A., Th. L.  Rector.

Source: MA
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