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Laying the foundations
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Date of creation : 1866
Format : Photograph
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For 19th century church-goers, the costs of erecting a church building were substantial. Church congregations committed themselves to years of financial burden when making the decision to go ahead with building works. Individual parishioners of every class gave large amounts from their own pockets, as for example the farmers of Encounter Bay did when the Victor Harbour Anglican Church was built in the late 1860s. Members of other churches frequently assisted with donations. Faithful members often contributed free labour as even the women of Myponga did for the building of the Myponga Anglican Church in the 1870s. This photograph shows the Rev. WA Claxton, builders and parishioners laying the foundations for the large Kapunda Baptist Church in 1866. The ambitious project cost 4,800 pounds (almost two million dollars in today's terms), to which George Fife Angas contributed 500 pounds.
Related names :

St. Augustine's Church (Victor Harbor, S. Aust.)

Kapunda Baptist Church

St Matthias' Church (Myponga, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1866
Place : Kapunda (S. Aust.)
Region : Mid North
Further reading :
Charlton, Rob. History of Kapunda, Melbourne: Hawthorn Press, 1971
Hughes, H. Escourt (Henry Escourt). Our first hundred years: the Baptist Church of South Australia, Adelaide: S.A. Baptist Union, 1937
Laube, Anthony. A history of St. Augustine's Church, Victor Harbor, Victor Harbor, S. Aust.: The Parish Council, 1985
South Australian Baptist Union. Kapunda Church. Church records, 1865-1948, SRG 465/13



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