In all of our travels an often dominating feature in a town or town skyline is a church. often the church is small but has a unique style all of it’s own. Perhaps it is the only church in town. Sometimes the town is well endowed with old and historic churches. Churches are part of world and Australian history so here we go again with a church tour.
I have no real idea why I have included this photo because it was taken in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and apart from that we have no idea what denominational group it belongs to or even where in Vancouver. However I do like the old Gothic style and the green mossy patina covering the stonework.
Between Armidale and Guyra is the small village of Black Mountain. The railway line no longer runs through town. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mountain,_New_South_Wales The village has been by-passed by the new highway so has fallen into a state of semi collapse. This old church, built in 1902 is not made from Armidale Blue bricks which was the building material of choice for many of the historic buildings in the Armidale and New England area of New South Wales. The church like much of the town is suffering from lack of population.
This old church is St.Mary of the Angel Catholic Church situated on the New England Highway at Guyra.
This is another of the churches or buildings built in the Armidale Blue brick. For some reason, this church is simply known as Uniting Church Armidale. I cannot find a “saint” name as most churches are known as “saint something or other”.
We visited Braidwood in August 2012 while on our way to Canberra, Albury and Mt.Beauty in Victoria. Even at that time of year, approaching Springtime, Braidwood is a cold place, open to the westerly winds blowing across the plains. Because the town is on the main highway to the coast it has found a new lease on life supporting the tourist and Canberra traffic. Most Canberrans use this road to travel to the coast for their weekend escapes and annual holidays. If we were looking for a place to settle down, Braidwood would not be on the list.
The Sydney Rocks area is a wonderful place to wander from an historical point of view. It is also a wonderful place to wander from a gastronomical point of also. I digress. Oh, by the way this church,the Holy Trinity Garrison at Millers Point, one of the original in Sydney is worth visiting. Like many old buildings, especially churches, the money needed for maintenance and repairs is not nearly sufficient to keep it looking pristine.
Somewhere around 1857 a community had grown in the area now known as Hillgrove, NSW. Originally known as Eleanora Township it quickly became a bustling community of at least 3,000 people in 1898. The town included four churches and six hotels. The reason for the towns existence was mining. Over the years it has been a boom and bust economy reliant on gold, until 1900, then along came antimony ore, then back to gold then tungsten during World War II and finally back to gold during the present day. This old Presbyterian Church became the home of of the Uniting Church in Hillgrove.
The St.Andrews Presbyterian Church at Forbes was built in 1877. It is quite a substantial building when you consider the first settlers only arrived in in the area around 1834. This central western NSW town was like many in the mid 1800’s. They were established in response to a goldrush. Like many towns they grew and prospered, the gold ran out, people left but those who stayed built a new economy. The town is still considered wealthy, especially when compared with other towns in the area.
Culcairn in south western NSW was, like Forbes, settled in 1834. Unlike Forbes and other towns at that time there was no goldrush. Culcairn and surrounding district had good grazing land. The parishioners now number about 10 regular worshippers. Related churches in nearby smaller communities band together and visit each others churches each month.
The Lutheran community in south western NSW is strong AND wealthy. Walla Walla is a small dry and dusty town in a community farming wheat and canola on land which was once used for grazing. The Lutheran influence on the town is evident in the St.Pauls College, the only Lutheran Secondary school in NSW on the outskirts of town. The town was settled in 1845 and now boasts the largest Lutheran Church in NSW.
Tags: Armidale Uniting Church, Black Mountain Baptist Church, Culcairn Anglican Church, Hillgrove Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Harrison Millers Point, St Andrews Anglican Church Braidwood, St Andrews Presbyterian Church Forbes, St Mary of the Angel catholic Church Guyra, Walla Wall Lautheran Church