Essendon, VIC - St Thomas Anglican (20672)

Year Built: 1859

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: Thomas

Address: 760 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon, Victoria, 3040

Last Updated: 10/01/2021

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History and Architecture:

On 14 March 1857 a grant of 1.5 acres was made to St Thomas Church Moonee Ponds for the erection of a church and vicarage. In the same year a ceremony took place at the corner of Mt Alexander and Pascoe Vale Roads when the foundation stone was laid by the Govenor of Victoria Sir Henry Barkley.

St Thomas's building committee minute book of 1853 to 1865 reveals that the first meeting of this body took place at Farmers Hotel Essendon on Tuesday 15 November 1853.

Due to the efforts of the Building Committee and the love and devotion of the Vicar, the foundation stone of the Church was laid in 1857, completed and opened for worship by 1859, and consecrated in 1862, by which date it was free of debt. An organ was purchased and dedicated on 2nd October 1879.

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
1856 - 1878 Rev E. D Puckle
1879 - 1884 Rev W. W. Mantell
1884 - 1888 Canon J Caton
1905 - 1908 Rev D M Berry . West
1908 - 1918 Rev W Hancock
1918 - 1934 Canon Baglin
1934 - 1955 Rev C. H Raymond
1935 - 1936 Rev Robert Campbell Findlay Curate 1903 1989
1953 - 1955 Rev Alan Neil Appleby 1927 2016
1956 - 1960 Rev G Harmer
1959 - 1961 Rev W. G. Nicholson Asst
1961 - 1967 Rev G Muston
1961 - 1969 Rev Robert William Dann Asst 1914 2008
1963 - 1965 Rev Peter Frederick George
1966 - 1967 Rev John Waldron Taylor Asst C 1940
1968 - 1971 Rev Philip Adkins
1971 - 1981 Archdeacon R Deasey
1972 - 1973 Rev Bruce Euan Hansford Asst C
1973 - 1974 Rev P J.H. Adan Asst
1976 - 1977 Rev J R Hunter Asst
1980 - Rev John Nicholas Temby Asst C
1982 - Rev T. Morgan
1984 - 1988 Rev P J. Newman
1988 - Rev Lindsay Kendrick Barklay Asst
1988 - 1993 Rev T W.G. Brown
2016 - Vicar Vanessa Bennett

Organ:

An Organ was installed in October 1879.

Source:

1. St Thomas Church Essendon 125th anniversary of Church building. 1859-1984. LTP 283.9451S25S
2. Australian Anglican Church Directory 2000