Christ Church, Geelong

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Christ Church
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Christ Church is located in Victoria
Christ Church
Christ Church
Location in Victoria
38°09′12″S 144°21′31″E / 38.1532°S 144.3586°E / -38.1532; 144.3586Coordinates: 38°09′12″S 144°21′31″E / 38.1532°S 144.3586°E / -38.1532; 144.3586
Location 275 Moorabool Street, Geelong, Victoria
Country Australia
Denomination Anglican Church of Australia
Founded 7 October 1843 (1843-10-07)
Founder(s) William Grant Broughton
Dedicated 27 June 1847 (1847-06-27)
Consecrated 25 October 1859 (1859-10-25)
Status Church
Functional status Active
  • Edmund Blacket (original)
  • W. and A. Surplice
  • Snell, Kawarau and Prowse
Architectural type Perpendicular Gothic Revival
Years built 1843-1847
  • Barrabool sandstone
  • Slate roofing
Diocese Melbourne
Official name Christ Church
Type Built
Designated 9 October 1974
Reference no. 534

The Christ Church is an Anglican church located in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. Designed by Edmund Blacket, the church is the oldest Anglican church in Victoria, in continuous use on its original site.

On 9 October 1974 the church was listed on the Victorian Heritage Register with the following statement of significance:[1]

Christ Church, Geelong is of historical significance due to its association with the early history of the Anglican Church in Victoria. It is the oldest Anglican Church in the State still occupying its original site. It appears to be the only extant example of Bishop Broughton's involvement in church design in Victoria. Christ Church, Geelong is of architectural significance as the only church in Victoria designed by prolific NSW architect, Edmund Blacket. It is a very early work of Blacket's and possibly his first church design. Christ Church, Geelong is of aesthetic significance for its remarkable, high quality collection of stained glass windows, in particular the fine examples of the work of Ferguson and Urie. Together these demonstrate the development of stained glass design from the early 1872 examples to the late 20th century work. The mural is also of significance as a rare example of this aspect of the work of important artist, Christian Waller.

— Statement of significance, Victorian Heritage Register.


The Geelong parish pre-dates the Diocese of Melbourne and was founded on 7 October 1843, when the Bishop of Australia, William Grant Broughton, laid the foundation stone at the north-east corner of the present nave. The church was opened and dedicated on 27 June 1847, and the enlarged church was consecrated on 25 October 1859. The church is the only one in Victoria designed by the colonial architect, Edmund Blacket.[1] It was enlarged in 1855 by the addition of the transepts and sanctuary.

Christ Church has been given an A Classification by the National Trust[citation needed] and is listed on the (now defunct) Register of the National Estate.

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  1. ^ a b "Christ Church, Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H0186, Heritage Overlay HO7". Victorian Heritage Database. Heritage Victoria. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 

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