Tatura’s All Saints Anglican Church is set to celebrate a major milestone on Sunday, November 3, 125 years of service to the Tatura and district community.
The 125th celebrations will be officiated by Anglican Diocese of Bendigo bishop Reverend Andrew W. Curnow, with a service at 9.30 am. The service will be followed by lunch at noon at Hill Top.
The first Anglican service was conducted by Reverend Horace Tucker on August 3, 1876, in the Tatura school house.
In his book, Tatura and the Shire of Rodney, W. H. Bossence said Reverend Tucker was the pioneer of the Church of England in the Western Goulburn Valley.
‘‘His parish was huge and his journeyings may well be compared with those of John Wesley.’’
The first resident clergyman was the Reverend G. Jennings, who was inducted on July 17, 1880, and held services in the store room on O’Callaghan’s store.
A wooden church was later built and opened on April 24, 1881. The opening was attended by 60 people.
‘‘Within six years the need for a new church was felt, and plans for the building were evidently stimulated by the Queen’s (Victoria) jubilee.
‘‘The old church was sold and re-erected at the rear of the Criterion Hotel, and for a short period, the Anglicans had to use the Presbyterian Church for their services.
‘‘The bricks of All Saints Church were handmade from clay by Mr Lockwood and his son Richard, at a cost of £3 ($6) per 1000.
‘‘They were transported by horse and dray teams, including those owned by Messrs George, Richard and John Colliver, John Fuzzard, Arthur Maskell, F. Matthews, G. Robbins, and T. Mitchell. The church bell, donated by Everad Browne, had formally been the fire-bell at Dhurringile Prison.
‘‘All Saints was opened on Christmas Day, 1887, when Mr Heffernan drove the Ven. Archdeacon J. A. Herring from Kyabram for the service.
‘‘The remaining debt of £150 ($300) with the help of the ladies bazaar during the following year, and on Christmas Day 1888, the building was dedicated.
‘‘The first rectory at Tatura was dedicated by the Bishop on July 26, 1903, and Reverend H. H. Gardner was the first to occupy it, having preciously resided at Mooroopna like his predecessors. The cost was £750 ($1500).
‘‘In 1914, the Baptist Church was purchased, removed from its original site, and set up as an Anglican Sunday School Hall.
‘‘Reverend J. A. Rowell opened it in July on its new site at the rear of All Saints Church.
‘‘A block of land adjoining the church had been bought in 1892 by three of the vestrymen — Messrs V. Reilly, G. Colliver and G. Alexander — and when a bequest of £1000 ($2000) was left by Mr R. A. Alexander in 1948, thought was given to the provision of better social and Sunday school facilities.
‘‘Twelve years passed before the foundation stone of the spacious, modern brick hall was laid by Bishop R. E. Richards, and on April 15, 1961, he dedicated the new building.’’
In his book, The First Decade All Saints Church of England Tatura, Eric Percy Evans said the first wedding solemnised in the Tatura church was conducted by Reverend A. Turnbull on January 8, 1882.
‘‘The young couple were well known in the district, the bridegroom was the eldest son of John Fuzzard, farmer of Tatura, and the bride, the second daughter of James Robbins also a respected farmer in the district,’’ he said.
‘‘The ceremony created a good deal of excitement in this township.’’
The parochial district, comprising Tatura, Ardmona and Toolamba was formed in 1912 and officially became the Parish of Tatura on June 27, 1927.
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