Ainslie, ACT - All Saints Anglican

Year Built: 1869

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: All Saints

Address: 1 Bonney Street, Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory, 2602

Architect: James Barnet

Traditional Owners: Ngunnawal people

Last Updated: 21/12/2023

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History and Architecture:

Originally built as the Necropolis Receiving House as part of the Gothic Mortuary Railway Station at Rookwood, Sydney. It was designed by James Barnet in 1869.

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 £100 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.

The Foundation stone was laid on 1 June 1958 by the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom Lord Carrington M.C.

The east window was recovered from Saint Clement's, Sheffield, when it was demolished in 1963 and the side chapel window, which depicts the Garden of Gethsemane, came from Bagendon, Gloucestershire.


These names are now in the database and can be searched individually

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1960 - 1961 Rev Edward G. Buckle
1961 - 1962 Rev James A.C. Shaw 1906 1993
1963 - 1966 Rev Frank R. Woodwell
1966 - 1971 Rev Neville J. Chynoweth
1971 - 1979 Rev James L. Tregea
1980 - 1987 Rev Ronald E. Moon
1987 - 1988 Rev Edwin C. Byford Locum
1988 - 1998 Rev Dennis A. Vanderwolf
1998 - 2004 Rev Anthony John Parkes
2009 - 2010 Rev Colin G. Dundon Locum
2010 - Rev Michael Faragher
2015 - Rev Lynda McMinn


The organ was built by Bishop & Starr c.1860 for Wealdstone Baptist Church (near Harrow, UK) became redundant and was bought by the Ainslie Anglican Church.. Installed in  present location and restored by Pitchford & Garside in 1989. It has 2m., 14, tr
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1. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.
2.Deep and Lasting Foundations Parishes of the Anglican Dioces of Canberra & Goulburn 2013