St Luke's Anglican Church, Cemetery and Belfry

Author

Shire of Gingin

Place Number

01085

Location

Lot 1 Weld St Gingin

Location Details

Weld Street opposite the Brockman Street intersection. Lot 1 on Diagram 946.

Local Government

Gingin

Region

Avon Arc

Construction Date

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
State Register Registered 08 Oct 1996 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument, HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Category
Municipal Inventory Adopted 17 Oct 2017 Category 1
Classified by the National Trust Classified 03 Jul 1978
Register of the National Estate Permanent 28 Sep 1982
Anglican Church Inventory YES 31 Jul 1996

Child Places

  • 03722 St Luke's (Anglican) Church Rectory

Statement of Significance

St Luke's Church, Cemetery and Belfry is significant as the first purpose-built place of worship in Gingin; and for close associations with European settlers of the Gingin district, some of whom are buried in the graveyard. The place is historically important as an example of a nineteenth century Anglican Parish Church, dating from the 1860s, set in a graveyard dating from the 1850s; and contributes to the community's sense of place as a reminder of the mid-nineteenth century development of the Ging in district and the role of religion in that development. The Church, belfry and cemetery area landmark in the setting of mature Cypress tress.

Physical Description

Located on the north bank of Gingin Brook, the church faces Weld Street, with an access on the north side as well, where the belfry is located. The Cemetery is located in the Weld Street frontage. A low Gothic picket fence surrounds the site. The Church is a simple rectangular form with entry porch at the west end. The steep gable roof is clad with shingles. The street frontage has a full stone gable wall with 3 stained glass windows in vertical format with gothic arched tops. A tall central window is flanked by two shorter windows. The sidewalls have steeped buttresses at regular intervals. The belfry is timber framed with a shingled hipped roof over. The path though the Cemetery from the road frontage splits in two to each side of the church.

History

In c.1860, the Crown allocated 12 acres of land (Pt Swan Location 265) to the Anglican Church. The stone for the church was quarried nearby. The original building did not include a vestry. A grant of 25 pounds was received on completion of the building. The Reverend George Bostock was the first chaplain, opening the church for divine service on 23 February 1861. In c.1862, Reverend George Sadler took over and built a home, remaining in Gingin until 1884. In 1862, the bell was brought from the government offices in Perth, for use by the church and the school that was utilising the church in the 1870s and 1880s. In 1899, there was concern regarding overcrowding the cemetery, and the proximity to the brook. In 1904 the Cemetery was closed except for those interred with relatives. There are many unmarked graves in the Cemetery.

Integrity/Authenticity

Integrity : High degree Authenticity : Moderate/high degree

Condition

Good

References

Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
H Udell: "History of Gingin". p 154 & 276

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
4101 Conservation Project St Lukes Anglican Church Gingin: Final Report Heritage Study {Other} 1999
978 St Lukes Church Gingin: Conservation Plan Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1995
3569 St Luke's Anglican Church Gingin Conservation Works Stage2-Final Report Heritage Study {Other} 1998
3920 Gingin Townscape Project Report 1991

Place Type

Individual Building or Group

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Present Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel
Original Use MONUMENT\CEMETERY Cemetery
Original Use RELIGIOUS Church Hall

Architectural Styles

Style
Vernacular
Victorian Free Gothic

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof TIMBER Shingle
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Religion
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Settlements
PEOPLE Early settlers

Creation Date

30 May 1989

Publish place record online (inHerit):

Approved

Last Update

28 Jan 2020

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