After 100 years, St John’s Anglican Church Toolamba, will close its doors for the last time this Sunday, December 15, with a final service and de-consecration, prior to being sold.December 10, 2013 3:30pm
The service will be held at 2 pm, with all welcome.
Spokesperson Pauline Parks said the Toolamba Church was originally attached to Mooroopna, and then to the Tatura Parish in the Diocese of Bendigo.
She said the first church service was held in 1876 at Knight’s Hotel, then in 1877, at Page’s Farm, where William Pogue lives.
The first Toolamba school was opened in 1874, with services conducted by Mooroopna clergy.
Later Church of England services were held at the school, No. 1455, until 1909.
Ms Parks said from 1909 to 1914, Church of England services were conducted at Rural View, the home of George Pogue.
‘‘In 1913, Mr Pogue donated land for the erection of a church,’’ she said.
‘‘The laying of the foundation stone for the new Anglican Church Toolamba by his Lordship Dr Langley, Bishop of Bendigo, took place on November 26, 1913 (100 years ago) at 5 pm.
‘‘The usual form of service was proceeded with after the stone was laid.’’
Ms Parks said the Bishop was assisted by Susan Pogue, one of the oldest attendees at local services, and one who was interested in the movement since its initiation.
‘‘The Vicar, Reverend J. Rowell and Reverends W. Prior (Mooroopna) and Sheriss (Murchison) also assisted,’’ she said.
‘‘The laying of the foundation stone was attended by 200 people.’’
Ms Parks said following the service, an adjournment was made to the town, where a tea-meeting and concert were held in the grain shed.
‘‘It took nearly four sittings to accommodate all present. The ladies worked cheerfully and appeared delighted with the patronage,’’ she said.
Mrs W. N. Lane was one of the first organists for the church, followed by Rebecca Farrell and Georgina Pogue.
The final cost of the church was £446 ($892), while the furniture cost £24 13 shillings ($49.30).
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