Gulgong, NSW - St Luke's Anglican (10542)

Year Built: 1876

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: Luke

Address: 64 Bayly Street, Gulgong, New South Wales, 2852

Traditional Owners: Wiradjuri people

Last Updated: 27/06/2022

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History and Architecture:

A Romanesque, Gothic revival church designed by noted colonial architect Edmund Thomas Blacket. The bell tower is of wood with the bell surrounded by lattice work. It was built out of local stone at a cost of £650 in 1876. Built of rubble stone with brick facings, the dimensions being 80 feet long by a breadth of 37 feet, 13 feet walls, 29 feet gables, the chancel arch 13 feet, the walls and foundation 2 feet wide, and walls 18 inches.

An account of the laying of the foundation stone may be read in The Town and Country Journal of 14 November 1874:

LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE NEW CHURCH OF ENGLAND. Today was quite a gala day in Gulgong. The Freemasons, Oddfellows, German Association, Protestant Alliance Friendly Society, and othere public bodies, mustered in great force, and having met his lordship the Bishop of Bathurst a short diilistanThe from the town, marched in procession through the main streets of Gulgong, and then on to the Church. The Bishop then held service in the school room, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Gunther, and the Rev. Newton. The total cost of the erection of the Church was estimated at £1500. In the evening a tea meeting was held at the school-house, the following ladies presiding was placed on. 

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
1871 - Rev Thomas Butcher
1873 - 1878 Rev William Shackfield Newton 1837 1912
1877 - Rev Edmund Alexander Colvin Reader 1856 1924
1878 - 1879 Rev William Harris Saunders 1852 1896
1879 - 1889 Rev Joseph Simmonds Dobson 1845 1905
1889 - Rev Louis Alfred Wyatt 1857 1916
1891 - 1904 Rev Francis Ernest Haviland 1859 1945
1892 - Rev Charles Edward Solly Mitchell Curate 1889 1984
1894 - 1898 Rev Henry Dashwood Sealy Vidal Locum 1854 1905
1904 - 1912 Rev George Thomas Geer 1844 1918
1912 - 1914 Rev Arthur Hazelhurst Gribble 1870 1952
1915 - 1917 Rev Harold Woodger 1872 1940
1917 - Rev Leonard Arthur Marina 1882 1950
1917 - 1925 Rev Charles Joseph Allen 1864 1943
1925 - 1941 Rev Lionel Vingoe Caldwell 1883 1959
1941 - 1944 Rev Robert Douglas 1878 1966
1944 - 1950 Rev Howard William Ellis 1906 1994
1950 - 1955 Rev Stephen Carr 1911 1978
1956 - 1957 Rev George Haddon Reeks 1907 1973
1957 - 1964 Rev John Henry Durrant Woodhouse 1906 1966
1982 - Rev Alexander James Richards 1907 1994

Organ:

A harmonium was installed soon after the Churches erection. It would appear that this instrument remained the church's organ for many years until 1929 and the purchase of a grander instrument of the same breed. In May 1898 an additional small harmonium was acquired, originally for the Sunday School, and paid for by the rector himself.

Contributions:

1. Waymarking.com
2. Cable Clerical Index with permission.
3. Aussie Towns.
4. St Luke's Gulgong a history Neil Slarke LH 283.994 GUL