South Melbourne, VIC - St Luke's Anglican

Year Built: 1857

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: Luke

Address: 221 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205

Architect: F.M. White

Architectural Style: Gothic Early English

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri, Woi Wurrung, Bunurong Boon people

Last Updated: 04/03/2024

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History and Architecture:

St Luke's was erected in 1857, enlarged in 1859 and consecrated in May 1861 as the parish Church for the growing municipality of Emerald Hill (South Melbourne). The design of the cruciform plan timber roofed church, constructed of basalt with minimal freestone dressings and originally intended to be crowned by a lofty tower and spire, is in the style of Early English Gothic, the architect being F M White.

The intended spire was never built.


This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
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Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1854 - 1856 Rev Anderson John McCausland 1823 1888
1856 - Rev Canon B. B. Dickison
1880 - 1883 Rev Harry Collier Curate 1854 1942
1907 - 1921 Rev D. R. Hewton
1921 - 1929 Rev Francis Edward Cassian Crotty 1879 1940
1925 - Rev Edward Henry Faulkner Locum 1880 1939
1929 - 1935 Rev Arthur Edward Fleming Young 1873 1944
1935 - 1943 Rev Karl Egbert Hamilton 1883 1958
1943 - 1953 Rev E. L. Penneli
1953 - 1964 Rev Alfred James Bamford 1893 1990
1964 - 1980 Rev Hubert William Coffey 1915 2002
1994 - Rev Derek Allen Snibson


Built in 1865 by the London organ builder John Courcelle, this instrument was one of seven organs he is known to have exported to Victoria in the 1860s. In 1875 George Fincham inserted seven additional stops which had been prepared for in the original design. Following several moves, the organ was rebuilt in 1937 by Fincham & Sons and placed on a loft in the south transept when the action was electrified, a detached console supplied and several new ranks of pipe work introduced.


The Anglican Church South Melbourne Emerald Hill. 1852 - 1977. Rev H.W. Coffey