Forest Hill, VIC - St Mark's Anglican (20122)

Year Built: 1958

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: Mark

Address: 303 Canterbury Road, Forest Hill, Victoria, 3131

Last Updated: 14/06/2021

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History and Architecture:

In 1955 a request for services to be held at Forest Hill were instigated and the Sunday School began on 6th November. On the 11th of March 1956 the first church service was held and named St Mark the Evangelist. By September 1957 a building plan was approved by the Diocese.

In 1961 the Rev. Stephen Cherry, assistant curate in St Luke's Parish, was welcomed at St Mark's and in the following year purchase of the house at 321 Canterbury Road as a vicarage was finalized.

On 18th December 1962 Inauguration of the Parish of St Mark's and the induction of Vicar, the Rev. John Williams, 1967 saw the Induction of the Rev. Robert Collie as Vicar on the 23rd of February.

By 18th April 1978 Rev. Norman Allchin was Inducted as Vicar, and 1984 Rev. Kenneth Rogers was Inducted as Vicar, on 2nd February.

In September (1958), a group of parishioners of the neighbouring Parish of Blackburn purchased three blocks of land in Orchard Grove with the intention of establishing a new Church. This has since become the separate Parish of St Edward's.

Nevertheless, St Mark's continued its own growth, and in the same month, tenders for the kindergarten hall were called. In October a contract was entered into with H. S. Services of East Ringwood, "for a cream brick hall measuring 54 ft by 36 ft". Work was to be completed by 30th April 1959, but plans were made at once for the foundation stone to be laid by the Archbishop in November. The Vicar praised the Building Committee "for its successful work"... Messrs Jim Aumann, Charles Barnett, Chris Broadbear and Ted Hall.

The ceremony of laying the foundation stone was duly set for 22nd November, the day of a Federal election, but a day also on which the Archbishop was to perform three related tasks: the foundation stones at St Mark's at 2.00 p.m., and St Stephen's at 3.00 p.m., and the dedication at St John's, at 4.15 p.m.

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
1959 - Rev Robert Griffith Mountney 1911 1986
1960 - Rev Harry Ellson
1961 - 1962 Rev Stephen Cherry Curate
1963 - 1967 Rev John Williams
1967 - 1978 Rev Robert Collie
1978 - 1983 Rev Norman AllChin 1983
1984 - Rev Kenneth Rogers
2020 ? - Rev Philip Knight

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. St Mark's at Forest Hill, by David Hollaway. LH 283.09 HOL