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The plaque commemorates the opening and consecration of the church in 1861 and also of an earlier church opened in 1830. 

A wooden chapel was opened and dedicated on 10th January, 1830, by Archdeacon (later Bishop) Broughton. This sacred site is the tenth oldest place of continuous Anglican worship in the Diocese of Sydney, and one of the oldest in Australia. The first Minister was Rev. Thomas Hassall, the “Galloping Parson”, who serviced the whole of southern New South Wales from his Rectory in Cobbity. He was relieved of the responsibility for Sutton Forest by Rev. John Vincent as Chaplain in 1831, responsible for Mittagong southwards.

The wooden chapel soon proved insufficient and, after an attempt to build on land offered across the road, it was “proposed that the new church … be built on the same piece of ground as the present Church stands”. Edmund Blacket (the famous architect and designer of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney) was consulted and he provided plans for the current church which was completed and dedicated by Bishop Frederick Barker on 29th August, 1861.


Address:Illawarra Highway, All Saints Church, Sutton Forest, 2577
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.566439
Long: 150.322088
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 22nd September, 1957
Front Inscription

     To The Glory Of God
This Tablet Has Been Erected By
      The Parishioners Of

All Saints, Sutton Forest
To Record The Opening And Consecration
       Of This Church By

The Rt. Rev. Frederic Barker D.D. 
        Bishop Of Sydney
On The 29th August 1861
And Of The Earlier Church Opened By The
Venerable Deacon W. G. Broughton
On The 10th January 1830
        Dedicated By The
Most Reverend H. W. K. Mowll, G.M.G.D.D. 
Primate Of Australia, Archbishop Of Sydney
On The 22nd September, 1957


Source: MA
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