New Town, TAS - St John's Anglican (7022)

Year Built: 1834

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: John

Address: St John's Avenue, New Town, Tasmania, 7008

Last Updated: 04/07/2022

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History and Architecture:

The initiative for the erection of St John's Church, the oldest church still in use for worship at Hobart, was taken by the Lieutenant - Governor, Colonel George Arthur. He stated that he and other gentlemen would sunscribe towards the cost of the building. Built between 1834 and 1835 this neo Gothic church was designed by Colonial architect John Lee Archer and is the oldest church in the New Town area.

The foundation stone was laid by Lieutenant-Governor Arthur in January 1834. The convict-built Church was opened for service in December 1835 but was not formally consecrated until May 1838 because of delays in arranging a visit from Bishop Broughton, the first Bishop of Australia. The tower is of stone and the nave of hand made bricks. The wooden beams of the roof are of pit-sawn timber hauled down the sides of Mount Wellington by convicts.

The clock in the tower was made in 1828 by Thwaites and Reed of London.

The description on a silver plate attached to the Foundation stone reads, " Anno Quarto, Guiliemi IV R.Egis Georgius Arthur. AR.Miger Profectus Coloniae Hujus Primum Hujus Ecclesiae Lapidem Posuit Sexto Die Januarii Anno Domini MDCCCXXXIV Johannes Lee Archer Architecton".

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
1833 - 1835 Rev Philip Palmer
1835 - 1839 Rev Thomas Beagley Naylar
1839 - 1864 Rev Thomas James Ewing
1864 - 1867 Rev Frederick William Zuilter
1867 - 1876 Rev Francis Hudspeth
1876 - 1895 Rev Alfred Nathanial Mason
1893 - Rev Arthur Cass Locum 1837 1907
1895 - 1903 Rev Frederick Taylor Whittington
1903 - 1906 Rev William Henry Barnes
1906 - 1928 Rev Stephen Henry Hughes 1859 1934
1929 - 1944 Rev Clarence Hamilton Corvan 1879 1950
1941 - 1942 Rev Thomas Alfred Cloudsdale Curate 1915 1968
1945 - 1962 Rev Harry Cecil Cutherbertson 1898 1964
1957 - 1962 Rev George John Baxter 1892 1960
1959 - 1961 Deacon Sidney Gordon Allison Asst 1895 1977
1962 - 1972 Rev Gilbert Charles Latta 1907 1976
1964 - 1965 Rev R A. Legg Asst
1968 - 1969 Rev W. A. Humphries
1972 - 1979 Rev Brian Harwood
1977 - 1979 Rev D E Le Rossignol
1979 - 1982 Rev Neville David Newett
1981 - Rev Kenneth John Box Asst 1945
1982 - Rev Johannes Adalf van Emmerik
1993 - 1999 Rev Owen Dowlin
1994 - 1995 Rev A. J. Lang Asst
2013 - Rev Canon David Lewis

Organ:

The first organ was built by Gray & Davison of London. It had a Gothic case in stained and varnished oak, with gilt facade pipes. The present organ was built by Hill & Son, London.

Source:

1. Historic Churches of Australia T.T. Reed
2. The Australian Anglican Directory 2000
3. Parish of St John's New Town Aspects of History 1830 - 1994 283.099461 WAL