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St Mark's Church, Darling Point


Location in Greater Sydney

33°52′33″S 151°14′09″E / 33.8758°S 151.2357°E / -33.8758; 151.2357Coordinates: 33°52′33″S 151°14′09″E / 33.8758°S 151.2357°E / -33.8758; 151.2357
Location Darling Point Road, Darling Point, Sydney, New South Wales
Country Australia
Denomination Anglican Church of Australia
History
Founded 1848 (1848)
Founder(s) Thomas Sutcliffe Mort
Architecture
Status Church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Edmund Blacket
Architectural type Academic Gothic Revival
Completed 1854 (1854); 1861 (1861); 1864 (1864)
Administration
Diocese Sydney
Clergy
Rector Rev. Dr Michael Jensen
Laity
Music group(s) The St Mark's Society of Bellringers

St Mark's Church is an active Anglican church in Darling Point, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is part of a significant local heritage group that includes the church, rectory, and adjacent cottage. The group forms part of a large collection of important to late 19th century buildings of considerable townscape, historic and cultural significance, including the former St Mark's Crescent School, St Mark's Cottage and Bishopscourt, formerly Greenoaks.

History

Constructed between 1848 and 1880, St Mark's Church was designed by Colonial Architect to New South Wales, Edmund Blacket, in an early Victorian Rustic Gothic Revival style with nave, chancel, vestries, organ chamber, tower and spire; made of Sydney sandstone with hardwood timber shingled roofs. The church was completed in 1854 with the spire, a gift from William Laidley, added later. In 1861 the church was extended to the west to include the porch and gallery. Prior to completion of this building, accommodation for worshippers in this section of the parish of Alexandria was provided by Thomas Ware Smart of Mona, who converted one of his cottages in Mona Lane in the Chapel of St Mark. In 1863 Wolliam Bradley of Lindesay built at his expense, the present vestries.

St Mark's Church is one of the best known Anglican parish churches in Australia and has become a popular wedding venue hosting such famous weddings as Elton John's first marriage and the fictional wedding in the film Muriel's Wedding. Social photographer Sam Hood captured many socialite weddings during the 1930s.

Leadership

Established under the patronage of Bishop William Grant Broughton, the inaugural incumbent at St Marks' was Reverend George Fairfowl Macarthur, who also served as the proprietor of St Mark's School which he conducted first at the Rectory, then at Macquarie Fields, and afterwards at The Kings School, Parramatta.

The current rector, since 2013, is Rev. Dr Michael Jensen, a son of the former archbishop of Sydney, The Most Reverend Peter Jensen.

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