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St John the Baptist Anglican Church is an Anglican church located between Alt and Bland Streets, Ashfield, Sydney, Australia. The church building is the oldest surviving building in Ashfield.

History

The first acre of the grounds was donated by Elizabeth Underwood in 1840.[1] Further land was purchased from her in 1845.[2]

Edmund Blacket in 1842, shortly after arriving in Sydney, was requested to inspect the walls of the church building, then under construction. As a result of his report, the walls were demolished and rebuilt [3]. Much later, Blacket designed the current transept and chancel, completed in 1875 [4].

St John's was the first church to be established between Sydney and Parramatta[5], making it among the oldest continuous churches still in existence in Sydney.

Australia's only memorial to Australian Air Force Cadets who died in World War II occupies a prominent position on the grounds, and a memorial service attended by the Cadets is held annually.

Current Ministry

The current rector is the Reverend Andrew Katay[6], the eighteenth holder of the position. In 2008 the church was part of an amalgamation with the Parishes of Five Dock and Haberfield, forming Christ Church Inner West Anglican Community (CCIW)[7] with Andrew Katay continuing as the Rector of the new parish. It currently has three services at Ashfield, and two services at Five Dock.

References

  1. author unlisted (2004). "St John The Baptist, Ashfield, The First 150 Years". Published by the Churchwardens of St John's Anglican Church, Ashfield, 1990. Updated 2004. p4.
  2. author unlisted (2004). "St John The Baptist, Ashfield, The First 150 Years". Published by the Churchwardens of St John's Anglican Church, Ashfield, 1990. Updated 2004. p10.
  3. Coupe, Sheena and Robert (1988). "Speed The Plough, Ashfield 1788-1988". Published by The Council of the Municipality of Ashfield, 1988. ISBN 0-9595234-1-3. p50.
  4. Coupe, Sheena and Robert (1988). "Speed The Plough, Ashfield 1788-1988". Published by The Council of the Municipality of Ashfield, 1988. ISBN 0-9595234-1-3. p93.
  5. author unlisted (2004). "St John The Baptist, Ashfield, The First 150 Years". Published by the Churchwardens of St John's Anglican Church, Ashfield, 1990. Updated 2004. p1.
  6. "Parish in Focus: St John's Ashfield". South Sydney News, Southern Cross. Published by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, March 2007. ISSN 1445-0089.
  7. "New Year equals New Parish". South Sydney News, Southern Cross. Published by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, December 2007. ISSN 1445-0089.

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