Queenscliff, VIC - St George the Martyr Anglican

Year Built: 1863

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: George

Address: 22 Hobson Street, Queenscliff, Victoria,

Previous Denomination: Wesleyan Methodist

Architect: Albert Purchas

Traditional Owners: Wadawurrung people

Last Updated: 19/04/2023

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History and Architecture:

In 1858 Wesleyan ministers visited the town and services were held at Pilot Reid's home. and also at Mr Simpkin Snr's home. The congregation soon became too large to meet in private homes, and so the Queenscliff Reading Room was rented for services. The Rev. Francis Tuckfield arranged to build a wooden church measuring 18 feet by 30 feet, and the foundation stone was laid by Mr John Lowe of Geelong. Tenders were let for the church's construction, but due to unforseen circumstances, the church building was not proceeded with. Services continued to be held in the Reading Room until February 1868.

Hobson street was named after Captain Hobson, master of the Rattlesnake - Hobson's Bay also carried his name.

The Church was designed by Melbourne architect, Albert Purchas, and an important example of the early English Gothic style parish church in Victoria. The tower is a distinctive landmark in Queenscliff and the church has significant associations, firstly with the Lieutenant Governor C J La Trobe who selected the site and with judge Thomas Fellows, local politician, principal church benefactor and later distinguished Supreme Court judge.

The Church was erected between 1863 and 1864. The lofty square tower was erected in 1877 to Purchas' design by Mr Chaffey, contractor.


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

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1857 - Rev A Crawford
1860 - Rev Frederick Smith Missionary 1818 1886
1864 - 1865 Rev William Sneyd McJennett 1820
1880 - Rev M Williams
1871 - Rev Brunton
1884 - 1900 Rev Henry J Wilkinson
1901 - 1903 Rev James Chalmers Love 1838 1928
1903 - 1906 Rev Lionel Gathorne Vance 1868 1934
1906 - 1908 Rev Frank Cyril Anderson 1868 1916
1908 - 1914 Rev William Alfred Shaw 1874 1941
1914 - 1920 Rev William Watson Laidley 1873 1942
1920 - 1921 Rev Charles Alfred Brewer 1857 1925
1922 - 1928 Rev Charles Kingsley Cole 1865 1943
1951 - 1960 Rev Tamillas Robert Mappin 1892 1965
1967 - 1970 Rev Leslie Burgess 1900 1979
1986 - 1994 Rev John Bryan Carteret Robin PiC
2011 - Rev Peter Martin
2019 ?? - Rev Peter Martin


The organ was built in 1871 by George Fincham. The instrument has been accommodated at the eastern end of the south aisle of St George's Church, facing west, where it speaks directly into the building. It was reopened on 30 October 1999 following a complete restoration by Australian Pipe Organs Pty Ltd.It has 1 man., 6 speaking stops, 1 coupler, mechanical action
For a full description and photos click here.


1. Trove
2. Cable Clergy Index.
3. Churches of Geelong and District Vol 2.
4. Organ Historical trust of Australia with permission.