Denman, NSW - St Matthais Anglican (10289)

Year Built: 1875

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: Matthais

Address: 50 Palace Street, Denman, New South Wales, 2328

Last Updated: 28/05/2022

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History and Architecture:

The name Denman was gazetted in 1855, named after Lord Denman, who was later to become the 5th Governor General of Australia in 1911-1914. Lieutenant William Ogilvie was the first European settler in 1825. The first settlement was known as Merton which was located on the opposite side of the Hunter River to the present-day Denman and was gazetted in 1853 and was named after Lord Denman, who later became Governor General of Australia.

The Centenary stone was blessed on 2 November 1975 by Ian Ninth Bishop of Newscastle to commemorate the consecretion of the church on 4 November 1875 and the formation of the Parish of Denman on 1 January 1876. Rector at the time was J.H. West Th. L.

The parish comprises the central Church of St Matthias and three centres, these being St Martins, Martindale, St Marks, Wybong and St Matthews, Mt Dangar.  There are also regular services held at the Merton Village (Retirement Village), Merton Court (Nursing Home) and Denman Multi Purpose Service, MPS also known as the Hospital.

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
1875 - Rector J. H. West
1876 - 1903 Rev Charles Markham Mills 1847 1932
1903 - 1907 Rev Harold Spencer Portus 1874 1941
1907 - 1911 Rev Montague George Garbett 1862 1947
1911 - 1916 Rev Arthur George King 1862 1941
1914 - 1915 Rev Horace Hobart Locum 1886 1968
1918 - 1920 Rev Keith Stewart Single 1887 1951
1921 - 1925 Rev Leonard Ayscough Locum 1885 1942
1925 - 1926 Rev Bicton Clemence Wilson 1881 1945
1926 - 1933 Rev William Holmes 1889 1959
1933 - 1937 Rev Walter Emra Burkitt 1891 1947
1937 - 1941 Rev James Athelston Smith 1899 1973
1937 - Rev Charles Mortmer Thomas Locum 1865 1947
1941 - 1946 Rev Frank Raymond Elder 1888 1962
1947 - 1953 Rev John Brown Neville 1904 1970
1953 - 1960 Rev Roscoe Ward Ayscough 1915 1966
1981 - Rev Milton Wallace Williams Locum 1907 1993
2012 - Rector David Craig

Organ:

The organ was built in 1876 by J.W. Walker & Sons, of London.

Contributions:

Deb Doran supplied the photos 2012

Source:

1. Cable Clerical Index.