Longford, TAS - Christ Church Anglican (8031)

Year Built: 1839

Denomination: Anglican

Address: 2 William Street, Longford, Tasmania, 7301

Last Updated: 02/07/2021

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History and Architecture:

The first services were held in the open in 1826, then in a two roomed cottage for five people. The first small church was built in 1829 to 1832 and named St Augustine's. This brick church which had a tower was demolished in 1842.

The corner stone was laid by Lieutenant-Governor Sir John Franklin on March 16, 1839. The church was constructed out of Hadspen free stone.  

By 1844, Christ Church had a nave, a squat and a temporary wooden tower, despite a single donation of 600 pounds intended only for the tower's completion. On October 6, 1844, the state's first bishop, Lord Bishop Nixon, opened the new church, but Christ Church remained incomplete for another 36 years, until parishioners donated to see the decrepit building restored.

Henry Conway, a Launceston architect, drafted the changes to Christ Church, and John Wright, of Longford, was employed for the building work. Christ Church reopened in December 1880, and was consecrated by Bishop Bromby in January 1882, once it had finally cleared its debt.

In 1960, construction on the stone tower began, with architect Louis Williams overseeing the operation.

The old tower had its foundations solidified before the stone work was heightened by 15 feet.

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
1830 - 1853 Rev Roland Robert Davies 1805 1880
1840 - 1841 Rev Henry Jeffreys 1849
1844 - Rev Thomas Hay Forster 1818 1893
1858 - Rev William Dry
1871 - Rev Abraham Smyth King Curate
1871 - 1873 Rev Thomas Edward Mell
1881 - Rev George Gladstone Lay Reader
1915 - 1922 Rev Henry Dalrymple Knatchbull 1932
1928 - 1940 Rev Thomas James Gibson 1972
1940 - 1946 Rev William Harold Macfarlane
1948 - Rev Francis Lionel Hadrill
1965 - 1969 Rev Maxwell Lindsay Hughes 1975
2019 - Rev Edrick Corban Banks Priest in Charge
2019 - Rev James Gannon Asst
2019 - Rev Sheila Holmes Asst

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

 

Extracts:

1. Anglican Directory 2000
2. Examiner newspaper
3. The Anglican Church in Tasmania, A Diocesan history to mark the Sesquicentenary 1992 by Geoffrey Stephens.
4. Cable Clergy Index.