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All Saints Church

All Saints Church with the bell tower moved to the opposite side when it was rebuilt

Location in the Australian Capital Territory

35°15′53″S 149°8′22″E / 35.26472°S 149.13944°E / -35.26472; 149.13944Coordinates: 35°15′53″S 149°8′22″E / 35.26472°S 149.13944°E / -35.26472; 149.13944
Location Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory
Country Australia
Denomination Anglican
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History
Founded 1958 (1958)
Architecture
Status Church
Functional status Active
Architectural type Church
Specifications
Materials Sydney sandstone
Administration
Diocese Canberra and Goulburn
Clergy
Rector Lynda McMinn

All Saints Church is an Australian Anglican church in the Canberra suburb of Ainslie. The church is in the Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn.

Description

The original building started as the First Mortuary station in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, as noted on a plaque on the church:

"The stonework of this church was originally used to build the first mortuary station on the branch railway to the necropolis rookwood near Sydney. This plaque was presented by the Australian Railway Historical Society to commemorate the old station which was in use from 1868 to 1948."

The railway line went underneath the main arch in the building, where the aisle is in the present church. The side aisles are where the platforms for the station were located. Coffins would be taken out on the railway line to the cemetery for burial. The roof of the building burned down in a fire. The Ainslie parish bought the stonework for £A100, and the stonework was transported to Canberra in 1957 where the current roof was built and work undertaken to turn it into the present church. In the process, the bell tower was moved from the left side of the entrance to the right.

There are two stained-glass windows from England. The east window is from St Clement's, Attercliffe, in Sheffield. There is a second, smaller, window from St Margaret's Bagendon in Gloucestershire.

The church bell was originally on a Shay locomotive owned by the Commonwealth Oil Corporation that ran on the former Wolgan Valley Railway in the Blue Mountains, before being dismantled in 1925. The bell was presented to the church by the Australian Railway Historical Society in 1958.

A stone on the church was set by the High Commissioner for the United Kingdom, Lord Carrington, to mark the blessing of the church on 1 June 1958.

The church contains a rare 1857 Bishop and Starr pipe organ, installed in 1989–90 after being transferred from Wealdstone Baptist Church in Harrow, England.

All Saints maintains a traditional choir, with a weekly sung Solemn Eucharist and a monthly Evensong from April to September.

At the east end of the church is a garden and columbarium. The church has several stained glass windows, and gargoyle sculptures on the outside of the building. On the inside stonework are two carved angels. It has two side chapels located on opposite sides of the chancel, one dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the other after Gethsemane.

Heritage list

The church was added to the Australian Capital Territory Heritage Register on 14 September 2000.

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