Petersham, NSW - All Saints Anglican

Year Built: 1880

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: All Saints

Address: 325 Stanmore Road, Petersham, New South Wales, 2049

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Wangal people

Last Updated: 06/10/2022

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History and Architecture:

The first Anglican Church service in Petersham was held on 15 April 1860 in a tiny schoolroom. The original building was erected between 1870 and 1875 of red brick.  The site for the church was bequeathed to the Church by the late Mrs. Priddle, sister of Dr. Wardell, an early settler in Petersham. Building commenced and the foundation stone of the present building was laid on 17 December 1870.

The western end of the building was commenced in 1879 and completed in 1880. The re-opening service was held on 11 September 1880.

The church Vestry was built in 1886 in memory of the infant son of Mr. A. E. Jaques.


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
1879 - 1895 Rev Charles Baber 1830 1911
1887 - 1889 Rev Alfred John Wheller Asst 1853 1920
1894 - 1894 Rev Alfred John Wheller Locum 1853 1920
1901 - 1909 Rev Alfred Yarnold 1847 1927
1931 - 1931 Rector Charles Edward Adams 1888 1954
1956 - 1971 Rev Thomas Eric Champion 1908 1989
2020 - Rev Ben Gray
2020 - Rev Jocelyn Bignill Asst


The organ was built in 1886 by Alfred Hunter of London, at a cost of 750, and was the first organ Hunter sent to Australia using a new patented coupling action for the Swell to Great coupler. It was erected by the Sydney organ builder William Davidson. In November 1893 a hydraulic motor was supplied from Finchams in Melbourne which gave many difficulties, resulting in an electric blower being installed in September 1911.
After several organ builders maintaining the instrument, S T Noad & Son restored the organ for 1,000 in 1964. Griffin & Leggo had added two string stops to the Swell in 1913 (Viol d'Orchestre and a Vox Celeste) but these were removed and sold in 1973 to pay for the restoration of the reeds. Four years later the Pedal was electrified by Anthony Welby who also replaced the pedal board. This organ is one of three Hunter organs left remaining in Sydney.


1. Wikipedia.
2. Cable Clerical Index with permission.