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The marble plaque commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first Sunday School in Australia. 

A significant event in the life of St John’s was the commencement of Australia’s first Sunday School in 1813 by Mr. (later Reverend) Thomas Hassall in the house of his father Rowland Hassall on the corner of George and Charles Streets, Parramatta.


Address:195 Church Street, Foyer, St John`s Parish Hall, Parramatta, 2150
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.815917
Long: 151.00285
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1813
Approx. Event End Date:1913


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 24th May, 1913
Front Inscription

The first Sunday School in Australia was opened in the Parish of St. John`s Parramatta, N.S.W. by Mr. (afterwards the Rev.)  Thomas Hassell in the year 1813 A.D.

This tablet is raised to commemorate the 100th anniversary of that event, and was unveiled on May 24th. 1913.

S. M. Johnstone, B.A.  Rector

P. Morgan
H. B. Cowper    Churchwardens
W. P. Noller       (Superintendent)

Source: MA
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