Muswellbrook, NSW - St Alban's Anglican (10273)

Year Built: 1869

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: Alban

Address: Hunter Terrace, Muswellbrook, New South Wales, 2333

Last Updated: 24/05/2022

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History and Architecture:

This church is the only building designed for Australia by the noted English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878) under the supervision of E.T. Blackett and J.H. Hunt. Built between 1864 and 1869, it is constructed in stone with a copper-clad broach spire to the north.

St Alban's took five years to complete and was dedicated by Bishop Tyrrell on 17th June, 1869. It stands as a memorial to the faith of the early settlers of New South Wales. The Foundation stone was laid on 11 November 1864 by the Right Reverend W Tyrrell Bishop of Newcastle.

In the 1880s the wooden bell tower and the fence, both designed by John Horbury Hunt were added.

A plaque on the church reads, "AMDG In memory of Margaret Bassingthwaighte entered into rest 7.8.45. These gates were erected under a bequest of her husband".

Another plaque reads, "To the Glory of God the clock in the Tower of this Church was erected in memory of the Venerable W.C. White who was Rector in this Parish for 40 years".

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
1843 - 1847 Rev W. F Gore
1850 - 1852 Rev F. R Kemp Asst
1871 - 1876 Rev C. M Mills
1889 - 1892 Rev F. D Grigson
1857 - 1859 Rev J A. Greaves
1864 - Rev W. E White
1893 - 1894 Rev A. A. Rolfe
1893 - 1896 Rev R W. Thomas
1897 - 1898 Rev A H Garnsey
1899 - 1902 Rev G V. Portus
1901 - 1903 Rev R. V. King
1906 - 1907 Rev R R Noake
1907 - 1908 Rev A. N Johnson
1908 - 1909 Rev W C.C. Caton
1910 - 1912 Rev Keven D Norman
1913 - 1914 Rev R Schmitzer
1921 - 1936 Rev W A.M. Cambell
1936 - 1952 Rev Horace Hobart 1886 1968
1952 - 1957 Rev F. W. Rush
1957 - 1957 Rev Philip Dowe Asst 1931
1957 - 1970 Rev C. Francis
1975 - 1984 Rev P.W. Ashley Brown
1976 - 1978 Rev P L Mumford Asst
1981 - 1983 Rev N J. Bowditch Asst 1953
1984 - 1987 Rev Ian Duke Stuart 1928
1988 - 1999 Rev Colvin Leslie Ford 1947
1989 - 1992 Rev Arthur John Copeman Asst 1958
1994 - 1995 Rev H N Bright Asst 1964
1998 - Rev Ronald N. Batty Asst 1947

Organ:

The organ was built in 1868 by J.W. Walker of London.

Contributions:

Deb Doran supplied the photo's 2012

Source:

1. Cable Clerical Index