Alexandra, VIC - St John's Anglican
Year Built: 1937
Address: 39 Downey Street, Alexandra, Victoria, 3714
Architect: Louis R Williams
Traditional Owners: Taungurung people
Last Updated: 23/04/2023
History and Architecture:
The first church of St John's in Alexandra was built in 1868 and is now the parish ahll. The building was moved from a more southerly site in town to the present position in 1938. The Foundation stone of the current church was laid by Reverend Douglas Blake on 18 November 1937.
The present church is of reinforced concrete designed by Louis Williams and built by Mr George Pain.
The Church was consecrated in August 1943 by the Right Reverend T.M.Armour, Bishop of Wangaratta. The style was described as “ Arts and Crafts Continuing Gothic/Norman.”
The present Rectory was built in 1907. It is assumed from its age that it was on the present site and retained by the Church. It was restored and extended in 1987 at a cost of approximately $50,000.
These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.
|1875 - 1877||Rev John William L'Oste||1830||1926|
|1877 -||Rev William Hutchinson||1885|
|1884 -||Rev Robert Buchanan||Reader||1851||1919|
|1884 - 1885||Rev William Jennings||1847||1918|
|1885 - 1892||Rev Michael Francis Cahill||1829||1907|
|1900 -||Rev William Henry Beer||1875||1914|
|1908 - 1910||Rev James Arthur Peck||1873||1944|
|1910 - 1914||Deacon James Leslie Watt||1879||1953|
|1917 - 1919||Rev George Brammall||Locum||1876||1941|
|1919 - 1921||Rev Reginald Allan Scott||1873||1950|
|1921 - 1923||Rev William Joseph Chesterfield||Curate||1896||1965|
|1924 - 1926||Rev Robert Bruce Ball||1897||1962|
|1924 - 1928||Rev Stanley Henry Burridge||1889||1960|
|1928 - 1930||Rev William Andrew Williams||1882||1949|
|1931 - 1935||Rev Leopold George Ball M.A.||1900||1990|
|1935 - 1939||Rev Douglas Blake||1906||1997|
|1946 - 1956||Rev Samuel Taylor||1906||1969|
|1966 - 1970||Rev Frederick Albert Morrey||1934|
|1970 - 1973||Rev P S. Hutchinson|
|2019 -||Rev Graeme Brown|
The Organ was built circa 1870 by Gray & Davison of London for Chappell & Company. Installed c. 1938 a St Roch’s Catholic Church, Glen Iris. Installed in 1978 residence of Ann Blore, Ascot Vale and later Surrey Hills. Restored in 1990 y S.J. Laurie and installed at present location. I has 1 manual, 3 speaking stops, mechanical action, pedal pulldowns.
A full description and photos can be seen here.
1. Parish Churches Diocese of Wangaratta
2. Church website
3. Cable Clergy Index.
4. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.