Mitcham, VIC - All Saints Anglican

Year Built: 1958

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: All Saints

Address: 18 Edward Street, Mitcham, Victoria, 3132

Architect: Raymond Berg

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri people

Last Updated: 26/04/2023

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History and Architecture:

Former Christ Church.

The Church was created in 1888 and a timber church building was erected that year. In 1958 a new church was built on the adjacent site and the 1888 church was subsequently used as the parish hall. All Saints (former Christ Church) Anglican Church, was designed in 1958 by Raymond Berg, a modernist architect who worked with a number of influential architects in the Department of Architecture at the University of Melbourne from 1949 to 1962, and was constructed by Anderson Construction Company. Both church buildings remain on the site.

The 1958 church is an early modern building of simple rectangular form with shallow butterfly roof. Built of rigid steel frame construction, the end walls are of solid red brick and the side walls are clad with grey concrete tiles. Strips of clerestory windows, with deep reveals, line the side walls between exposed steel columns. An ancillary rectangular space to the north-west contains a chapel, vestry and choir room, and another to the south-east contains the original entry porch.

A tall open steel framed tower, supporting a cross, is situated in front of the porch. Internally the nave and sanctuary are one unified space with the steel structure clearly expressed. Additional cylindrical steel columns flank the side aisles, strapped plywood dados line the side walls and the ceiling is lined with timber.

The building retains stained timber furniture, including a pulpit, lectern and two-toned pews, a marble altar and cylindrical acrylic light fittings.

Clergy:

These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1925 - 1930 Rev E. W. Norman
1931 - 1938 Rev E. I Fleming
1938 - 1943 Rev Arthur Donald Page 1902 1955
1944 - 1947 Rev Noel Arthur Tolhurst 1896 1967
1947 - 1952 Rev Reginald John Harmsworth Roddick 1912 1987
1953 - 1954 Rev William Keith Kenna 1900 1987
1954 - 1964 Rev Joseph Forster 1912 1982
1964 - 1967 Rev Vernon L. Cohen 1926
1967 - 1978 Rev J. H. Walton
1978 - 1990 Rev H McCartney
1991 - 2001 Rev K. H. Browne
2002 - 2006 Rev G. Morrow OAM
2006 - 2013 Rev Dianne Sharrock
2015 - 2022 Rev Henrietta Ann Penelope Charters
2022 - Rev Greg Wong

Organ:

All th ecollections were given to the Organ fund and a very niced toned instrument was purchased "all our own" in 1888. In 1959 Ladies Guild purchased an electrnic organ , a tremendouse step forward in the furnishing of the Church.

Contributions:

1. 2023 Rev Greg Wong list of names and alterations.

Source:

1. Church Website
2. A History of Christ Church Mitcham. 1888 - 1988. LTP 283.9451 W25H
3. https://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/31071/download-report

Downloads:

LTP 283.