Recently on a trip back to Canberra from Goulburn I decided to forgo the main Hume Highway and take the much more scenic rural route – Tourist Route 8 via Bungendore. About 10 kilometres out of Goulburn the sandstone and rubblestone church pictured above caught my eye. I took a slight detour (a few hundred metres) off the main Braidwood road for a closer inspection.
Yes, it is indeed green!
It is green, I can assure you not because of the Irish connection (that will become evident shortly) but rather, because it is built from a locally quarried green diorite porphyrite igneous stone. It is finished with a Marulan sandstone dressing (I make it sound rather like a salad!). The deep purple roof slates are from Bangor in Wales. Continue reading “It’s Green! – St Peter and St Paul’s Old Cathedral”
This is one of the, if not the, most beautiful Gothic Revival churches in Australia. It is the Cathedral Church of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn, named after Jesus, in his role as Saviour. It may come as a surprise to some readers that the Anglican Cathedral and the Bishop for Canberra (Australia’s capital city) are located in this small city of around 20,000 people, nearly 100 kilometres from the capital. Continue reading “St Saviour’s Cathedral”
If you are following the “Lambie Walk’, which I referred to my first Cooma review, the next and last section of the walk covers three churches. If churches are not your thing you can head down Sharp Street to the town centre having visited the Southern Cloud Memorial. Continue reading “Cooma’s Boom Time Churches”
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!”
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”
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 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”
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”
This 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”