The first gold rush in the Gundagai area began in 1861 and with it so did the construction of St John’s Anglican Church.

Today the Gothic Revival style church, in asbestos stone, looks much more modern than I expected. This is due to the fact that since 1861 it has undergone a number of renovations including one in 1926 and another in 1975, the latter necessitated by a fire which caused significant internal damage and destroyed the roof.


The church like church hall within the church grounds, depicted in my second picture, was built in 1898 and rather more looks its age than does the church.


The now decaying entrance arch to the church grounds on the corner of Otway and Punch Streets bears the inscription ‘Dedicated to him that giveth victory onto kings’ – ‘him’ being God and the inscription being a reference to Psalm 144:10 or Psalm 18:50.

My final picture, taken by town doctor and local amateur photographer, Charles Gabriel, (see my separate review on the Gabriel Gallery) is of a tennis party at St. John’s in the latter part of the 19th century. The photo suggests that the church had a rather affluent congregation for a country town, providing a very clear indication of how the town, and presumably the church, benefited from the gold rush I referred to at the outset of this review. By the time of the 1926 renovation things must have changed as the then rector had a letter published in the Sydney Morning Herald (8 April 1925) seeking contributions towards the renovation – lamenting that church funds amounted to only £250 while the renovation would cost £600.

Address: Cnr Otway and Punch Streets

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6 thoughts on “St John’s Anglican Church

    1. It makes me wonder and suspect that in a hundred years from now there will be less original prints of today than we have of over 100 years ago when photography was in its infancy – if that makes sense.


      1. It may depend on how well we archive web content as most photos now are published online but rarely printed. But too few people recognise the value of archiving material for future generations to learn from – witness the deletion of all the VT content 😦

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        1. Very true… but they wont age like to old ones though of course photoshop can do that.
          I went on a tour of the national library here in Canberra recently and got chatting to a librarian about archiving … with so much information in print and web form nowadays where do you draw the line ?


          1. It’s a big challenge, and it’s one reason that major organisations in particular will continue to need archiving expertise, though sadly they may not recognise that fact. Chris was an archives manager for the BBC and they had to develop a detailed policy on exactly that question – what do we keep and what can we lose?

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          2. Yes, I recall hearing that even the BBC does not keep copies of everything it produces. Some early episodes of Dr Who being an example. I need to speak to Chris about my blog, if he is not already archiving it LOL.


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