Ashburton, VIC - St Matthew's Anglican

Year Built: 1954

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: Matthew

Address: 334 High Street, Ashburton, Victoria, 3147

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people

Last Updated: 14/08/2023

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History and Architecture:

On 14th January 1947, eighteen residents gathered for a meeting called by the Rev. C.H. Zercho, Vicar of St Oswald's, Glen Iris, to discuss possible plans for Anglican activities in Ashburton.

The first church building was dedicated on 21 September 1947. 

A Foundation stone reads, " This stone was laid by His Grace The Archbishop of Melbourne The Most Reverend J.J. Booth MC DD BA Th SOC 31st January 1954".


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
1947 - 1949 Rev C. E. Smith 1963
1949 - 1953 Rev Thomas Hardy 1879 1949
1953 - 1954 Rev Thomas Albert Gair 1888 1972
1954 - 1958 Rev Esmond Aylmer Leaver with Mt Waverley 1904 1991
1958 - 1958 Rev Rober Oliver Bodey Curate 1915 1989
- 1963 Rev R. T. Durance
1963 - 1969 Rev B. Kyme
1969 - 1977 Rev E. A.C. Harvey


Built 1869 George Fincham for Henry Kemmis, Warrnambool. Installed in 1876 in St Barnabas' Anglican Church, Balwyn. Installed present location c.1960 by Harry Marriner. Tonal alteration in 1970 by Laurie Pipe Organs. Renovated in 1976 by Laurie Pipe Organs. It has 1 manual, 6 speaking stops, 1 coupler, tracker action.
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1. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.
2. Cable Clerical Index with permission.
3. Like Living Stones a history of St Matthews Ashburton by Margaret Holt. LH 283.9451 HOL