New Town, TAS - St James Anglican (7023)

Year Built: 1916

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: James

Address: Rupert Street, New Town, Tasmania, 7008

Last Updated: 21/03/2021

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History and Architecture:

William Gilchrist Watt and his wife Catherine came from Montreal, Canada, to Hobart in 1900 and bought a large house in Augusta. Road New Town. They had independent means and while in Canada were closely associated with the Church of England. After the death of her husband in 1914, Mrs Catherine Gilchrist Watt had the Church of St James the Apostle New Town designed after the St James the Apostle, Montreal, Canada.

The Foundation stone was laid on 19 February 1916 by the Right Reverend Reginald Stephen D.D. The Architect was R.W. Koch.

In 1923 the Sanctuary was extended and the three windows over the alter were dedicated to the memory of Catherine Gilchrist Watt, who died on 9th January 1919.

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
1919 - Mr A Best Lay Reader
1919 - 1945 Canon C W Wilson
1928 - Mr Robert W Shoobridge Lay Reader
1928 - Mr Alex B Cruickshank Lay Reader
1928 - Mr Stanley C Burbury Lay Reader
1931 - Mr M A Frank Downie Lay Reader
1936 - 1937 Rev M A.F. Downie Asst
1937 - Mr Brian Phillips Lay Reader
1941 - Mr Douglas A Wharmby Lay Reader
1941 - Mr Laurence H Wharmby Lay Reader
1941 - Mr Reginald D Wilks Lay Reader
1941 - Mr Trevor O Wilks Lay Reader
1945 - 1958 Canon C G Williams
1957 - Rev E A Wood Asst
1958 - 1964 Rev O L Davis
1959 - 1964 Rev J Van Emmerik Asst
1962 - Mr Dqvid S Saltmarsh Lay Reader
1964 - 1977 Rev H F Hadrill
1964 - 1965 Rev R A.C. Legg Asst
1965 - 1967 Rev D W Rien Asst
1965 - Mr R F Powell Lay Reader
1965 - Mr David H Johnston Lay Reader
1965 - Mr J A Friend Lay Reader
1965 - Mr Dugald McDougall
1965 - Mr Stanley Tidy Lay Reader
1965 - Mr Neville V Brown Lay Reader
1967 - Mr Gordon Forsyth Lay Reader
1968 - 1969 Rev W A Humphries Asst
1970 - 1972 Rev N H.F. Cocks Asst
1970 - Mr David J Dilger Lay Reader
1974 - 1977 Rev I J.B. McDonald Asst
1975 - Mr Graham Dick Lay Reader
1977 - 1978 Rev D E Le Rossignol Asst
1977 - 1986 Canon C D Holmes
1978 - 1980 Rev M Kingston Asst
1980 - 1981 Rev K Box Asst
1980 - Mr Jim I Fraser Lay Reader
1980 - Mr Peter H Jerrim Lay Reader
1981 - 1982 Rev C J Archer Asst
1981 - Mr David Thomas Lay Reader
1982 - 1984 Rev P Astley Bogg Asst
1983 - Ms Ruth Thomas Lay Reader
1983 - Ms Phillipa A Hoyle Lay Reader
1983 - Mr Geoffrey V Cornish Lay Reader
1984 - 1986 Rev D P Hayman Asst
1986 - 1993 Rev Warwick James Cutherbesonon 1949
1987 - Rev Roger George Hesketh Asst C 1952
1987 - 1989 Rev Paul Domonic Wood Asst C 1952
1987 - Ms Anne Davis Lay Reader
1988 - Mr Toby Aaltink Lay Reader
1988 - Ms Rachel McDougall Lay Reader
1989 - 1990 Rev J L Cesare Coombs Asst
1990 - Mr Martin Howell Lay Reader
1991 - 1993 Rev R Weaver Asst
1991 - Mr Phillip Seale Lay Reader
1992 - Ms Ruth Page Lay Reader
2019 - Rev Marie Shepherd
2019 - Rev John Stanley

Organ:

The Pipe organ was added at Easter 1918, also in memory of her late husband.

Extracts:

1. A History of St James Church New Town by Trevor Owen Wilks.
2. Australian Anglican Directory 2000.
3. The Ryerson Index.