Tuesday 28 May 2024, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

A visit to Christ Church in St Kilda is a special opportunity to learn more about one of the oldest churches in Melbourne. It is not only an interestingly historical architectural site to visit, it is also home to Christ Church Mission, an amazing community-based outreach centre for those in need. 

Designed by Albert Purchas (1825-1899) and Charles Swyer (1825-1876), the foundation stone for Christ Church was laid on 29 November 1854. The construction took 3 years and cost 11,000.00 pounds. There were also enlargements, to the design of Sydney W. Smith, that took place in 1874 and 1881.  

This cruciform building, constructed from Point King Sorrento sandstone is in a massive Decorated Gothic style. The western façade incorporates a distinctive triangular rose window, possibly inspired by medieval examples at Lichfield. The spacious interior focuses upon the brilliantly stencilled walls of the chancel and sanctuary whose floor is paved in black and white marble. The stained glass is of great excellence including examples of the work of Melbourne artists Ferguson & Urie, glowing with colour, William Montgomery and Brooks Robinson, together with London artist W.C. Taylor.

An article in the Melbourne Herald on 11 August 1857 described Christ Church as “a very handsome and substantial structure in the early English style, consisting of nave, north and south transepts, chancel, vestry porches, and stone turret stair cases for the galleries”.

The doors opened on Sunday 2nd August 1857, and now 167 years later, The Friends will be able to see and hear more about this beautiful historic church, with an exclusive guided tour, and morning refreshments at the conclusion.

Address: 14 Acland Street St Kilda VIC 3182

Image: Christ Church St Kilda (Wikipedia)

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