Leopold, VIC - St Mark's Anglican (20451)

Year Built: 1863

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: Mark

Address: 725 Queenscliff Road, Leopold, Victoria, 3224

Last Updated: 09/01/2021

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History and Architecture:

In 1853 the Rev. George Pollard was appointed to care for Anglicans for the whole of the Bellarine district, the initial church being the school at Pt. Henry.

This simple and original early English Gothic style church is an interesting parish church design and a notable work of Edward Prowse, a Geelong architect with an acknowledged reputation, having earlier designed the impressive mansion The Hermitage in Newtown.

St. Mark’s was designed by Edward Prowse and was consecrated by Dean Macartney in March 1863. The Foundation stone was laid in January of 1859 by Bishop Perry. Built of bluestone it was opened in 1862.

Between 1890 and 1898 the church was virtually closed except on rare occasions. In mid 1872 the church was closed for 5 weeks while extensive improvements, external and internal, were carried out (much the same problems that are faced today). Further improvements were made in 1882/83 by the architects Watt's and Jackson.

A small brick vestry and chancel in 1919. The stone porch was constructed to match the original church in 1931.

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
1853 - 1861 Rev A. Crawford
1861 - Rev William Eric McJennett 1899 1973
1865 - 1874 Rev J Firth
1875 - 1878 Mr Henry Kelly Reader
1878 - 1881 Rev A Turnball
1881 - 1889 Rev George Nickells Bishop 1851 1939
1894 - 1902 Rev Arthur Rufus Raymond 1857 1932
1902 - 1905 Rev W. H. Brett
1905 - 1935 Rev Thomas Quinton 1847 1935
1935 - 1936 Rev Alfred Gamble 1867 1960
1936 - 1939 Rev M. W. Britten
1948 - 1952 Rev C. F Withington
1952 - 1959 Rev N. A. Tolhurst
1959 - 1963 Rev R. W. Champion 1925
1963 - 1968 Rev A. L. Browne
1968 - 1973 Rev H. H. Kiddier
1973 - 1977 Rev P. S. Hutchison
1978 - Rev R. L. Braddon
2015 - Rev Jack Humphrey
2015 - Rev Elizabeth Breakey

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. Church website
2. Anglican's in Geelong 1842 - 1990