St Alban's Anglican Church to mark 150 years

About 12 months of planning will result in the 150th anniversary celebrations at St Alban’s Anglican Church in Muswellbrook this week.

There will be a dinner at Muswellbrook RSL Club tomorrow with guest speaker Ian Palmer, former rector of Muswellbrook.

The following morning, there will be a special service at St Alban’s Church, Brook Street, to celebrate 150 years since the laying of the foundation stone, which was laid by Bishop William Tyrrell.

BACK IN TIME:  An image dating 1962 of St Alban’s Anglican Church, part of the collection belonging to Muswellbrook Shire Local and Family History Society Inc.

BACK IN TIME: An image dating 1962 of St Alban’s Anglican Church, part of the collection belonging to Muswellbrook Shire Local and Family History Society Inc.

Bishop Tyrrell was the first Anglican Bishop of Newcastle.

Muswellbrook Anglican Church’s Father Scott Dulley said it was a significant time for the church locally and throughout Australia.

“This was happening in the early days of the establishment of the Anglican Church in the country,” Muswellbrook

“I think St Alban’s plays a special part in the spiritual life of the community- from baby baptisms to weddings to funerals.

Father Dulley said lots of people have a connection to the local church, adding the weekend celebrations will be a great opportunity for people to reflect and share stories.

He said the church’s original drawings were designed by renowned English architect Sir George Gilbert Scott.

“It’s believed St Alban’s is the only example of his work in Australia,” Father Dulley said.

The drawings were interpreted by architects Edmund Blacket and John Horbury Hunt in Australia.

“It’s believed the drawings were commissioned by the priest of the time, Reverend William White, and his family,” Father Dulley said.

“There will be some descendants of the White family at the celebrations on the weekend.”

For more information, contact the church office on 6541 2718.