Camberwell, VIC - St Mark's Anglican (20675)

Year Built: 1926

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: Mark

Address: 1 Canterbury Road, Camberwell, Victoria, 3124

Last Updated: 17/02/2022

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History and Architecture:

A site at the corner of Stanhope Grove and Canterbury Road was contemplated initially. The current site was purchased at auction in 1912. The first service was conducted at 11am on Sunday 27 April 1913 when 29 people attended. At the 7pm service 55 people attended.

Rev Brooksbanks conviend a public meeting in Adam's assembly hall Camberwell on 30 July 1913 at 8pm in order to promote the building of St Mark's Parish Hall. WJ Vine and Co of Surrey Hills was given the task of supplying 32 pews at a cost of £96.

A Choral Society was formed in 1917 but had a life of less than 12 months.

Tenders for the new church were called for in 1926 and a contract was awarded to Harold G White of East Kew. The Church was built between 1927-28 and designed by Rodney  Alsop. It contains a large and well executed collection of stained glass windows by Napier and Christian Waller, Joseph Stansfield and other local artists. The foundation stone was laid on 10 September 1927 by Archbishop H Lee. Built in Gothic style with stucco rendered brick with a soaring broach spire and completed in 1928.

A Foundation stone reads, " To the Glory of God this stone was laid by the Archbishop of Melbourne April 25th S Mark's Day 1914".

Another Foundation stone reads, " To the Glory of God this stone was laid by The Most Reverend Harrington C Lees D.D. Archbishop of Melbourne September 10th 1927 - Rev J.A. Schofield M.A. Vicar".

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
1913 - 1920 Rev H A. Brooksbank
1921 - 1938 Rev James Archibald Schofield 1886 1972
1932 - 1934 Cecil Leslie Crossley Locum 1882 1959
1938 - Rev Philip Cornell Curate
1939 - 1952 Rev P W. Robinson 1889 1952
1946 - Rev Tom William Thomas Curate 1914 1999
1946 - 1947 Rev Geoffrey Tremayne Sambell Curate 1914 1980
1946 - 1948 Rev Edmund Franklin Cooper Curate 1897 1963
1948 - Rev F. A. Townsend 1902 1956
1950 - Rev G W. Philips Curate
1950 - 1951 Rev H J. Neil Curate
1951 - Rev Clifton Plessay Brown Locum 1882 1963
1952 - 1961 Rev M. W. Britten 1904 1961
1954 - 1957 Rev Clifton Plessay Brown Curate 1882 1963
1957 - 1958 Rev Dr D W. Menzies Curate
1958 - 1960 Rev B Ashworth Curate
1961 - 1968 Rev H W.G. Nichols Curate
1961 - 1982 Rev Wilfred Holt 1914 2000
1965 - 1967 Rev R C Cross Curate
1968 - Rev T C Boan Curate
1970 - Rev S F Boundy Curate
1971 - Rev P L Moss Curate
1982 - 1984 Rev Geofrey George Harvey Asst C
1983 - Rev E. Christianson 1926
1983 - Rev Gerard Robert Wall
1996 - 1999 Rev P H. Chesterman 1939
2009 - Rev Greg Allinson

Organ:

The George Fincham & Sons organ was installed in June 1928, enlarged to three manuals by the same firm in 1951, and further rebuilt in 1990 by Australian Pipe Organs Pty Ltd.

Source:

1. St Mark's Camberwell The first 75 years Margaret A. Hookey. SLT 283.9451 C 14 H
2. Victorian Heritage.