Rokeby, TAS - St Matthew's Anglican (8177)

Denomination: Anglican

Address: King Street, Rokeby, Tasmania, 7019

Architect: James Blackburn

Last Updated: 22/07/2022

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History and Architecture:

The building of a Church for the district of Clarence Plains was first contemplated in 1828 when Venerable T. H. Scott was Archdeacon of New South Wales. At this time Australia, including Van Diemen's Land, as Tasmania was known, formed a part of the diocese of Calcutta, Scott having been appointed the first Archdeacon in 1824. In February, 1828, at a meeting of parishioners, attended by the Archdeacon, the building of a church was resolved upon, and £100 was subscribed. Amongst the Knopwood papers there is a pledge, with names of subscribers attached, and it would appear that the date on it was altered from 1829 to 1838.

The Architect was James Blackburn.

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
1826 - 1838 Rev Robert Knopwood
1839 - 1843 Rev H P Fry
1840 - 1843 Rev Thomas Spurr
1843 - 1850 Rev R B. Grange
1850 - 1854 Rev W. W. Murray
1854 - 1881 Rev Abrahams
1857 - 1868 Mr J. V. McArdell Lay Reader
1868 - 1871 Mr Thomas Westbrook Lay Reader
1871 - 1876 Mr J. V. McArdell Lay Reader
1881 - 1883 Rev Herbert Robert Finnis 1854 1936
1883 - 1890 Rev J. H Rowsell
1890 - 1898 Rev C Rhodes Hall
1895 - 1906 Mr Henry Lamb Lay Reader
1898 - 1914 Rev F. B Sharland
1907 - 1918 Mr E. P Harrison Lay Reader
1914 - 1916 Rev Leonard Stewart Wall 1873 1936
1916 - 1930 Rev Henry Charles Brammall 1871 1952
1919 - 1920 Dr A. E. Haywood Lay Reader
1921 - 1922 Major General Wallack Lay Reader
1923 - 1926 Mr A Pritchard Lay Reader
1927 - Mr Norman Lane Lay Reader
1930 - Rev Joseph James Cramp Curate 1894 1970
1931 - 1936 Rev Vivian Herbert C Gill 1900 1965
1933 - Mr B Gatehouse Lay Reader
1934 - 1936 Mr C. H. Burcham Lay Reader
1936 - Rev A. E. Biggs
1937 - 1941 Mr W Ford Lay Reader
1942 - Mr J. E Calvert Lay Reader

Organ:

In 1858 the historic Organ, was received from St David’s Cathedral. It is of unusual interest for it was the first organ brought to Tasmania. On the outside of the sound board is to be seen written in pencil the following inscription, "This Organ was built under the inspection of George Cooper Organist of St Sepulchre's London".

On the inside there is a second inscription that states that the Organ was first erected in St David's church Hobart Town by William Hance April 1825, the Reverend William Bedford Chaplain".

 

Source:

1. History of St Matthews 1843 -1943 Story of Rokeby Church by Basil M Rait. LSC P 283.94663 RAI