The Churches But No Entry!


When I visit somewhere I like to drop into the local churches, synagogues, temples, cemeteries and such like. I do this not because I am terribly religious but rather because I find such sojourns peaceful and such places tend to hold a wealth of historical information and give you an insight into an area that you might not otherwise get.

In Port Adelaide three churches were on my list for a look:
St Paul’s Anglican Church
St Mary’s Catholic Church
Port Adelaide Uniting Church Continue reading “The Churches But No Entry!”


St Peter’s Anglican Church


The first St Peter’s Anglican Church in Glenelg was built in 1851 on land set aside by Colonel William Light, surveyor and planner of the City of Adelaide in 1839. Fire destroyed it and the current English Gothic style bluestone church, designed by Edmund Wright (often referred to as the ‘Christopher Wren of Adelaide’ due to the number of buildings designed by him in the late 1800s) replaced it in 1883. Continue reading “St Peter’s Anglican Church”

Flåm Church (Flåm Kyrkje)


While Flåm Church (Flåm kyrkje), in the old village centre, is visible from the Flåm Railway it is well worth the very easy 3.5kms walk, lovely in itself, out from Flåm to see it. The old brown wooden church and graveyard are beautiful in themselves but absolutely stunning as they are, set nestled by the Flåm river with their beautiful mountain backdrop. Sit on the bench in the graveyard and just look around. You will quickly appreciate how the village originally got its name. Flåm literally means “little place between steep mountains”. Most apt, I am sure you will agree. Continue reading “Flåm Church (Flåm Kyrkje)”


St Jude’s Cemetery – and Sir Douglas Mawson


St Jude’s Cemetery is located at the rear of St Jude’s Church.

Firstly, a little on the church first, if I may? Continue reading “St Jude’s Cemetery – and Sir Douglas Mawson”


Weetangera Cemetery


Those who have read more than a handful of my reviews will be aware of my predilection for visiting old cemeteries. This is not out of any sense of morbid curiosity but rather because of their value in getting to know a local area and its social history, in particular. Continue reading “Weetangera Cemetery”


Church Rock Walk – Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

12This is a modest 2km walk which is graded easy with the suggestion that it can be completed in an hour.

While there is a bit of a pull up to the Church Rock the loop walk is, overall, easy and I took around 50mins to complete it. Continue reading “Church Rock Walk – Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve”


St John’s Anglican Church


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. Continue reading “St John’s Anglican Church”


St Patrick’s Catholic Church


European settlers arrived in the area around 1826 and Gundagai developed on the Murrumbidgee River flats. In 1846 a land grant was made to the Catholic Church, not in the town but to the north on the slopes of Mt Parnassus. Had the Catholics been banished from the township? Continue reading “St Patrick’s Catholic Church”


Australian Centre For Christianity And Culture – Incorporating The Bible Garden


In 1926 the Church of England (now the Anglican Church of Australia) was granted a prime piece of land overlooking the then Mononglo River (stream), now Lake Burley Griffin. The intent was that a grand cathedral be built on the site and it was thus dedicated for St Mark’s Cathedral. Due to a lack of funds, the Cathedral was never built. Continue reading “Australian Centre For Christianity And Culture – Incorporating The Bible Garden”


St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church


The silver onion dome of St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, generally gleaming in the beautiful Canberra sun, stands out and is seen by thousands each day as the travel along Canberra Avenue between the City and Fyshwick and Queanbeyan. Not many take that extra step, and I didn’t for fifteen years, of detouring the hundred or so metres necessary off Canberra Avenue to visit this rather beautiful church, in the style of 14th century churches found in the Pskov and Novgorod regions of north-west of Russia. Continue reading “St John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church”