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17-August-2022 (Ian Bevege)
17-August-2022 (Ian Bevege)

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The Lych Gate commemorates the pioneers of the Church in Gippsland and was opened in 1947, the centenary year of the Church of England in Gippsland. It is a memorial to three pioneer evangelists of East Gippsland, Robert Martin, John Sackfield and Edith Reece. 

St John's Anglican Church was built in 1928, with funds donated by Edith Reece, an English woman who worked as a deaconess at Cann River from 1922 to 1932.

On December 6, at Cann River, the Governor-General, Right Hon. W. J. McKell, unveiled a memorial tablet and opened the Lych Gate at St. John's Church of England Cann River, in connection with the centenary of the Church England in Gippsland. It is a memorial to three pioneer evangelists of East Gippsland, Robjert Martin, John Sackfield and Edith Reece. The memorial was dedicated by the Bishop of Gippsland, Right Rev. D. B. Blackwood.
Gippsland Times (Vic), 11 December 1947.


Address:Princes Highway (Genoa Street), St John`s Uniting Church, Cann River, 3890
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.565914
Long: 149.152756
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Gate
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1847
Approx. Event End Date:1947


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 6th December, 1947
Left Side Inscription


Centenary of Church in Gippsland

1847  1947

In memory of three pioneers

Robert Martin     1884
John Sackfield    1893
Edith Reece        1924

Opened by Rt. Hon. W. J. McKell  Governor General

Dedicated by Rt. Rev. D. B. Blackwood  Bishop of Gippsland

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Source: MA
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