Rutherglen, VIC - St Stephen's Anglican (20762)

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: Stephen

Address: High Street, Rutherglen, Victoria, 3685

Last Updated: 11/01/2022

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History and Architecture:

Saint Stephen's Church, designed by Mr. Pickersgill, architect, is built in English Bond style of local red clay bricks relieved by darker glazed bricks in every third bonding.

The footings and sloping parapets are of north-eastern granite and the buttresses are capped with the same, while the lancet windows have hooded mouldings of stucco.

Built in 1863, the west wall of Saint Stephen's is finished with a central turret topped by a belfry with open work bell cage surmounted by an early English style broached spire.

In 1984 all the wooden parts of the belfry were replaced with and exactly reproduced in mild and stain-less steel to the design of Mr. I. Jasper and executed by J. Furphy and Sons. The splendid outline has been preserved and is highlighted by the sun's reflection on the steeple's celtic cross finial.

In 1923 the chancel was extended and new furnishings added. More recent modifications have adapted the church for modern liturgical use and created a more spacious appearance.

A vestry, designed by Mr. A. C. McKnight, was added to the north of the chancel. Soon after, the original slate roof of the church was replaced with modern tiles.

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
1863 - Rev Robert Makie
1867 - 1871 Rev James Graham Love 1835 1911
1871 - 1873 Rev John Coulthard Sabine 1837 1877
1873 - 1874 Rev George Irwin Armstrong 1832 1899
1876 - Rev Samuel D. Green 1830 1879
1877 - 1879 Rev Cadwaladr Pierce Thomas 1844 1931
1879 - 1882 Rev Richard George Burke MA.LLB
1883 - 1889 Rev Thomas Moorhouse 1849 1928
1889 - 1893 Rev George Jeremy Taylor M.A.
1893 - 1904 Rev Alma Howard M.A. 1856 1929
1904 - 1907 Rev Arthur James England Harris Rivett
1907 - 1914 Rev Percy John Thomas Edwards 1851 1940
1914 - 1923 Rev James Leslie Watt 1879 1953
1923 - 1932 Rev Roland Noel Morrison 1884 1948
1932 - 1942 Rev James Townsend
1943 - 1944 Rev Maurice Chesters Battarbee
1944 - 1947 Rev George Lysle Perry Th.L 1906 1985
1948 - 1950 Rev Charles Henry Star Th. L
1950 - 1953 Rev Leslie George Bootle Rose 1912 2004
1953 - 1957 Rev Vernon Henderson Williams B.A. 1896 1957
1958 - 1960 Rev Leslie George Bottle Rose 1912 2004
1961 - Rev Douglas Walter Thomas
1976 - 1979 Rev James William Reeves
2020 ? - Canon Scott Jessop

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Contributions:

1. Black and White photo out of copyright. State Library of Victoria link.

Source:

1. The Parish of St Stephen Rutherglen 1863 - 1963. NE 283.9455 ANA
2. Churches in the Diocese of Wangaratta.
3. Cable Clergy Index.