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Raising the top stone on Gawler Church tower
Title : Raising the top stone on Gawler Church tower Raising the top stone on Gawler Church tower
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Date of creation : 1909
Format : Pamphlet
Dimensions : 220 x 140 mm
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The Anglicans were the first group at Gawler to hold regular religious services, initially meeting in the home of the Reid family, and in 1846 in the basement of Stephen King's Victoria Mill. Many country communities found themselves in a similar situation - meeting in hotels, schoolrooms or private homes, until funds were raised to erect a church. The Colonial Chaplain, Charles Howard, often rode the 26 miles on his 'well-known horse Luther' to take services at Gawler. In 1847 the foundation stone was laid for the Gawler Anglican church - the first church north of Adelaide. In 1857, when the building became too small, work began on the present church, built in the style of a 14th century English church. The church was built in stages over many years, with additions in 1885. Finally, in 1908, plans were made to add the tower, according to the original design. Completion of the building works after over 50 years were marked by celebrations on 28 April 1909.
Related names :

Howard, Charles Beaumont, 1807-1843

King, Stephen

Reid family

St George's Church (Gawler, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1909
Place : Gawler (S. Aust.)
Region : Mid North
Further reading :
Church of England. Diocese of Adelaide. Year book of the Church of England in the Diocese of Adelaide, 1908/09, pp. 9, 148
Hilliard, David. Godliness and good order: a history of the Anglican Church in South Australia, Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986
McConnell, BE. History of the Church of England in Gawler, Gawler: The Church, 1975
St. George's Anglican Church (Gawler, S. Aust.). Church records, 1847-1967, SRG 94/A34



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