ST JAMES CHURCH OF ENGLAND PITT TOWN NSW

Bev Woodman

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St James Church of England (Anglican) is situated in the colonial town of Pitt Town, a Macquarie town, in NSW, just a short drive from Sydney. This church played an important part in the early history of Australia. Church services had been held in Pitt Town since early settlement however it was not until 1857 that the foundation stone was laid for the existing church. The local parishioners had been raising money to build a substantial church of worship and had arranged for Bishop Barker, the second Bishop of Sydney to lay the foundation stone. Their hopes seemed dashed as continuous rain and flooding of the Hawkesbury River made it look impossible for the service to proceed. Imagine their amazement and delight, when Bishop Barker arrived on horseback, emerging from the rain sodden bushland in time for the service. So on Thursday 0th July 1857, as the swirling waters rose to their highest level since 1819, the foundation stone was laid and the church named. Services where held in the church from September 1858 however the consecration took place on the 11th April 1859 by Bishop Barker. The church is built of Hawkesbury sandstone with Gothic arches and is furnished in deep red cedar. It overlooks Pitt Town lagoon and the area where my convict ancestor, Robert Hobbs, held his first land grant.

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