Armidale, NSW - St Peter's Anglican (10600)

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: Peter

Address: 122 Rusden Street, Armidale, New South Wales, 2350

Traditional Owners: Gumbaynggirr people

Last Updated: 04/08/2022

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History and Architecture:

The original St Peter's Church, a timber building, was opened in 1850 near the site of the present cathedral. The foundation stone for the cathedral, designed by Canadian Architect, J. Horbury Hunt, was laid in 1873.

Hunt's original concept and alternative design, both stone and in the Anglo-French style, were largely in keeping with traditional church architecture of the period. Bishop Turner rejected both of these designs. With his limited experience but keen interest, Turner worked closely with Hunt to jointly design a cathedral that was "unlike no other Gothic building that existed in Australia in the 1870s".

The cathedral is complemented by the 1892 deanery building, also designed by Hunt using the same materials and designs. This is one of the few Hunt-designed church residences in NSW.

The belltower was constructed in 1938 when local builder G. F. Nott offered to supply the bricks free of charge.

Clergy:

This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
Further submissions welcomed.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1899 - Rev Harold Laceby Cecil Lay Reader 1876 1935
1900 - Rev Harold Laceby Cecil Deacon 1876 1935
1925 - 1926 Rev Noel Morris Clout Deacon
1929 - 1931 Rev Allan Bruce Catley Lay Reader 1903 1987
1957 - 1958 Rev John Charles Chapman Deacon
1958 - 1959 Rev Peter Chiswell Deacon
2022 - Bishop Rod Chiswell
2022 - Dean Chris Brennan

Organ:

The first Organ was built by George Fincham, Melbourne in 1878. The current Organ was built by A. Hunter & Son, Clapham, London in 1896. For a full descrption click here for the Organ Historical Trust of Australia description.

Source:

1. Cable Clerical Index.
2. Organ Histroical Trust of Australia.
3. Wikipedia.