Blackburn, VIC - St John's Anglican (20630)

Year Built: 1890

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: John

Address: 5 Queens Street, Blackburn, Victoria, 3130

Last Updated: 16/06/2021

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History and Architecture:

The Government granted land in 1861 to the Church of England in Bedford Street - an area which stretched From the present Bedford Street, Box Hill to Canterbury Road, then called Delaney's Road. Charles Bedford was Secretary to the Vestry of the local Church of England for many years. The Bedford Road Church was a brick building also used as a school by the Education Department who would not buy it thereby denying local churchmen the money with which to build a proper church.

The Bedford Road church and school was closed in 1894, four years after the laying of the foundation stone of the new St. John's.

The initial meeting to form the church was held in Mr Morton's home in Gordon Crescent on 3 May 1889. The first Service was held on 12 May 1889 but no Minister arrived so Mr Morton J.P. read the service. The decision to call the Church St John's was made by the Guardians at their meeting on 18th July 1890.

A tender by the Garrett Brothers of Box for £384 was accepted subject to alteration of curtains for walls.

Between 1903 and 1905 more land was purchased on the north side of the existing church.

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
1878 - 1880 Rev Thomas Wood Curate 1855 1937
1890 - 1901 Rev W. Green
1902 - 1905 Rev Herbert Stanley Hollow 1873 1938
1903 - 1905 Rev G.A.C. Wade
1905 - 1908 Rev A.R. Raymond
1908 - 1913 Rev E. Halford Hennell
1912 - Rev H Vernon Rogers Curate from Doncaster
1913 - 1917 Rev R.A. Blackham
1918 - 1928 Rev E.C. Gayer
1928 - 1929 Rev Charles Kingsley Cole 1865 1943
1929 - 1932 Rev E. Finnie
1932 - 1936 Rev L.H. Croker 1881 1936
1936 - 1947 Rev Alfred Charles Miles 1893 1983
1947 - 1948 Rev T.H. Watts
1948 - Rev Robert Ernest Finger 1887 1948
1948 - 1958 Rev Ronald Thompson Millar 1891 1958
1958 - 1964 Rev Harry. L Shepherd 1903 1969
1961 - 1962 Rev K J Brierty Curate
1963 - Rev W.K. Kenna Locum
1963 - 1964 Rev D W Townsend Curate
1964 - 1966 Rev Russell Braddon Curate
1964 - 1970 Rev K. Cornow
1966 - 1967 Rev David Hawkins Curate
1968 - 1970 Rev Alan Hoskin Curate
1970 - 1978 Rev Raymond Charles Brooks 1929
1971 - 1973 Rev T Wood Curate
1973 - 1975 Rev Bruce Euan Hansford Asst C 1944
1973 - 1975 Rev Bruce Hansford Curate
1975 - 1976 Rev Ian Cameron Curate
1977 - Rev John Pinniger Curate
1977 - 1979 Rev Tony Copley Curate
1978 - Rev Dr J.W. Williams
1979 - 1980 Rev Graeme Sells Curate
1983 - 1992 Rev Richard Ernest Wallace 1935
1987 - 1990 Rev John Waldron Taylor Asst M 1940
2011 - Rev D. Liersch

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Extracts:

1. A Work on the Wheels. A Hisotry of St John's Anglican Church Blackburn. 1890 - 1980. Jean UHL. LH 283.9451 UHL.
2. Cable Clergy Index.