The Way

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The shaded pathway leading up to St John’s Anglican Church, Canberra, A.C.T., Australia is symbolic and the church historic.
The path leads the way, to ‘The Way’ ~ the way of Christ, the way to live, the path to eternal life. Or so it is for believers.
But even for those visitors to this local landmark and all who are married, baptised of attend funerals at St John’s there is the touching of hearts which many notice, though they know not why.

Historically, its origins lie with the Campbell family, early settlers who arrived in the ‘Kamberra’ (a local aboriginal word meaning meeting place) region in 1825.

In 1845 Saint John’s Church of England was completed, becoming the centre of village life in the infant Canberra. The site of St John’s, on a hill overlooking the Molonglo River and part of ‘Duntroon’ was donated by the Campbell family together with $2 000 towards building costs.
Materials were obtained locally, bluestone from near Mount Pleasant, sandstone from Black Mountain. Interior furnishings were of cedar and the roof of shingles.
The interior of St Johns today has many features of interest – there are memorials to early residents and the east window, above the altar, a memorial to Robert Campbell is one of the first stained-glass windows made in Australia.
Many pioneers of Canberra lie at rest in the graveyard. The oldest marked grave is the Guise family vault (1844) and there are seven descendants of the Campbell family in a special hedged enclosure.

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  • Pat Yager
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  • Jan Stead JEMproductions
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  • C J Lewis
  • Jan Stead JEMproductions
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  • C J Lewis
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