Colac, VIC - St John's Anglican

Year Built: 1870

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: John

Address: Corner Hessie & Pollack Streets, Colac, Victoria, 3250

Architect: Henderson and Davidson

Traditional Owners: Eastern Maar people

Last Updated: 18/04/2023

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History and Architecture:

The Church of St John's is a fine brick building set prominently on a busy corner in the midst of the old residential area of the town.

The present building replaces the first church on the site, which was dedicated to St John the Evangelist. The new building constructed from plans prepared by Messrs Henderson and Davidson was opened on 8 May 1870, the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist and was consecrated on 18 April 1882. In recognition of the date of its opening, the new church is also dedicated to St John the Baptist.

In the 1950s extensions were made with the addition of a chapel and vestries designed by Louis Williams, the original building and the extension being not only in sympathy but also much alike.

This fine building was extensively refurbished and re-ordered for modern worship on the occasion of its centenary. It continues to be the spiritual home of successive generations of Colac and district Anglicans, along with St Andrew's Alvie, and Christ Church Birregurra.


These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1901 - 1906 Rev A. E Peacock
1901 - 1913 Rev J. H. McFarlaine
1903 - 1904 Rev William. Osman Jessop
1904 - Reader F. R Lane
1906 - 1907 Rev Henry Elleker Lewin 1868 1946
1907 - 1908 Rev J. N Phillips) Asst C
1927 - 1929 Rev P. Lynch
1929 - 1935 Rev D K McConchie
1935 - 1942 Rev J. A. McQueen
1953 - 1962 Rev John Lowry Price
1960 - 1961 Rev John Colin Haugh Asst C
1962 - 1973 Rev Douglas Robert Stewart
1967 - 1969 Rev Edward Robert Steele Asst C
1981 - 1989 Rev Arthur Mellish Savage
1984 - 1986 Rev N. B. Mitchell
1993 - 1996 Rev J. B. McGlashan Asst C
1995 - Rev Terrence Francis Gross Asst C 1945
1996 - 1999 Rev D H Kirk


The Organ was built c 1909 by Frederick Taylor for residence of Frederick Hamilton Wilson of St Kilda. Installed in 1919 in residence of Charles Stickland of North Fitzroy. Installed in 1924 in present location. It has 3 manuals, 20 speaking stops, 10 couplers, tubular-pneumatic action. Rebuilt in 1971 by Laurie Pipe Organs. 2 manuals, 20 speaking stops, 7 couplers, electro-pneumatic action.
A full description and photos can be seen here.



1. Cable Clerical Index.
2. Organ Historical Trust of Australia.