No. 245 - St David's at Riverside

St David’s at Riverside was originally known as the Cormiston Anglican Church. Dorothea Henslowe’s ‘Our Heritage of Anglican Churches in Tasmania’ states: “The existing wooden church in 1963 was sixty-three years old and was originally a school”. This is contradicted by a report in the Examiner from March 1922 regarding a fundraising event for the Cormiston church:

“A social and dance was held in Mr Luck’s granary, Danbury Park…when a good crowd assembled from surrounding districts for the Anglican Church which has recently been erected”.

It is possible that there may been some confusion with the Methodists, who had used the school building at Cormiston for services from about the turn of the century. Newspaper reports suggest that this building was also used by the Anglicans for social and fundraising activities.

The original timber Anglican church of St David’s was replaced by the modern brick church which now stands on the West Tamar Highway. The foundation stone for the church was laid by Bishop Cranswick on the 16th February 1963. St David’s is now part of the Riverlinks Anglican Parish.

This entry will be updated once further information becomes available.


Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018


Sources:

The Examiner, Wednesday 15 March 1922, page 7
The Daily Telegraph, Saturday 21 November 1925, page 7
The Examiner, Friday 20 November 1931, page 5

Henslowe, Dorothea I and Hurburgh, Isa Our heritage of Anglican churches in Tasmania. Mercury-Walch, Moonah, Tas, 1978.


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