Holy Trinity Church, York, Western Australia

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Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church at York, Western Australia (cropped).jpg
Alternative names York Anglican Church
General information
Address Corner of Suburban Road and Pool Street
Town or city York, Western Australia
Construction started 1854
Completed 1858
Renovated 1968
Design and construction
Architect Richard Roach Jewell
References
York municipal inventory

Holy Trinity Church on the corner of Suburban Road and Pool Street, in York, Western Australia, was consecrated in 1858 by first Anglican Bishop of Perth, Mathew Blagden Hale.

Earlier church[edit]

The first Anglican church in York was built in 1840, on Avon Terrace and consecrated in 1848. It was dedicated to St John. Being made of mud brick and in disrepair, the first building was demolished. A replacement was built at the same site and dedicated in 1861.

New glebe lands were granted to the parish on the east side of the river in 1849 and a parsonage was built in 1852.[1]

The Holy Trinity church, on the other side of the Avon River was constructed in 1854, and both churches were operating and maintained until 1905 when the second Saint Johns was moved to the Holy Trinity site and became the parish hall.[2][3]

Construction[edit]

The architect was Richard Roach Jewell.[4] The church “was built in the style of the latter part of the 11th century”,[5] that is, in Norman style, or Victorian Romanesque. The church was designed to have a “lofty spire” above the tower and to accommodate 250 people.[6]

The foundation stone for the church was laid on 25 October 1854 by Mrs Fitzgerald, the wife of the Governor, Captain Charles Fitzgerald.[7][8]

Tenders were called between November 1854 and March 1855 for lime,[9] brickwork,[10] “roofing, weather-boarding and shingling”,[11] and doors and seats.[12] Construction cost was 1,100 pounds. A newspaper article commented that the (convict) workmen "have displayed great interest in their work and deserve much credit for their skill".[13]

The church was opened on 26 October 1855.[14] When first constructed, it consisted of a nave and a small porch.[15]

The church was consecrated in 1858.

In 1893, the roof was raised, and the bell tower, chancel and vestries were added.[16]

Interior[edit]

The altar and bishop's chair were dedicated to the rector, Edward Williams, who was killed in a horse accident in 1899.[17][18]

The stained glass windows were designed by Robert Juniper.[19]

First world war[edit]

Community events commemorating the earlier versions of Anzac Day occurred at the church,[20] and church events during the war continued.[21]

1968 Meckering earthquake[edit]

Holy Trinity Church some time after the earthquake, with the bell tower still unfinished.

The 1968 Meckering earthquake seriously damaged the belltower and the height was reduced by about a third.[22] The tower was subsequently rebuilt.[23]

1979 cookbook[edit]

The church community was involved in producing a cookbook in the late 1970s.[24]

Holy Trinity Church Society[edit]

In the 1980s and after, the Church Society had a range of talks and publications relating to Anglican Church history and notable figures in that history.[25][26][27][28][29] The church was also involved in theatrical events in the 1980s.[30]

In the 2000s the church produced a community fixtures calendar.[31]

Conservation[edit]

In 1995 a conservation report was done on the buildings related to the church.[32]

Heritage registration[edit]

The church and related buildings were permanently added to the State Register of Heritage Places in 1996.[33]

  • Anglican Church Inventory, 31 July 1996
  • York Municipal Inventory, 31 December 1995
  • Classified by the National Trust, 5 March 1985
  • Register of the National Estate, 22 March 1978

References[edit]

  1. ^ A.M. Clack and Jenni McColl: York Sketchbook, p. 24.
  2. ^ Ward, Malcolm (1957), Holy Trinity York
  3. ^ Western Australia. Government Photographer (1900), Holy Trinity Church, York, Feb. 1947, retrieved 16 June 2018
  4. ^ Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News 3 November 1854, p.2.
  5. ^ Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News 9 November 1855, p.3.
  6. ^ Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News 3 November 1854, p.2.
  7. ^ Inquirer 15 November 1854, p.2.
  8. ^ Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News 6 October 1854, p.2.
  9. ^ Inquirer 15 November 1854, p.2.
  10. ^ Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News 2 March 1855, p.1.
  11. ^ Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News 16 March 1855, p.2.
  12. ^ Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News 30 March 1855, p.2
  13. ^ Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News 9 November 1855, p.3.
  14. ^ Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News 9 November 1855, p.3.
  15. ^ A.M. Clack and Jenni McColl: York Sketchbook, p. 24.
  16. ^ A.M. Clack and Jenni McColl: York Sketchbook, p. 24.
  17. ^ "Accident to the Rev. E. Williams". Albany Advertiser. XII, (1, 754). Western Australia. 30 September 1899. p. 3. Retrieved 16 June 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  18. ^ "THE LATE REV. E. WILLIAMS". The West Australian. 15, (4, 241). Western Australia. 4 October 1899. p. 7. Retrieved 16 June 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  19. ^ A.M. Clack and Jenni McColl: York Sketchbook, p. 24.
  20. ^ "Anzac Day". The Avon Gazette and York Times (199). Western Australia. 27 April 1918. p. 3. Retrieved 16 June 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  21. ^ "CONFIRMATION AT YORK". The Avon Gazette and York Times (157). Western Australia. 21 July 1917. p. 3. Retrieved 16 June 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  22. ^ A.M. Clack and Jenni McColl: York Sketchbook, p. 24.
  23. ^ McCall, Lennie (1969), Holy Trinity Church, York damaged by an earthquake, June 1969, retrieved 16 June 2018
  24. ^ Church of the Holy Trinity (York, W.A.). Anglican Guild (1979), York cooks, Anglican Guild, retrieved 16 June 2018
  25. ^ Holy Trinity Church York Society (1900), Chairman's report, The Society, retrieved 16 June 2018
  26. ^ Bolton, G. C. (Geoffrey Curgenven); Holy Trinity Church York Society (1985), John Ramsden Wollaston : the making of a pioneer priest, Holy Trinity Church York Society, ISBN 978-0-9588841-0-5
  27. ^ Hallam, H. E. (Herbert Enoch); Holy Trinity Church York Society (1991), Wollaston : family man and priest in a new land : John Ramsden Wollaston bicentennial memorial address, delivered in the Holy Trinity Church, York, Western Australia on Sunday 15th September 1991, Sandalwood Press, ISBN 978-0-646-06063-7
  28. ^ Green, Neville; Holy Trinity Church York Society (1988), John Ramsden Wollaston and the Aboriginal experience, Holy Trinity Church York Society, ISBN 978-0-9588841-3-6
  29. ^ Wallace, Helen Walker; Holy Trinity Church (York, W.A.) (2002), Mrs Wollaston & Mrs Millett : pioneering wives of clergymen in Western Australia, s.n.], retrieved 16 June 2018
  30. ^ Six Plays From the York Cycle of Mystery Plays (4 June 1988 - 5 June 1988) [Event Description], 1988, retrieved 16 June 2018
  31. ^ Holy Trinity Church York Society (1900), Kalender of major fixtures (church and town), The Society, retrieved 16 June 2018
  32. ^ Bodycoat, Ronald; Holy Trinity Church (York, W.A.). Vestry (1995), Holy Trinity Church, hall and rectory, York, W.A. : conservation plan, The Vestry, retrieved 16 June 2018
  33. ^ "Holy Trinity Church, Hall & Rectory". InHerit. Heritage Council of Western Australia.

Coordinates: 31°53′11″S 116°46′20″E / 31.8865193°S 116.7723105°E / -31.8865193; 116.7723105