No. 405 - St Bartholomew's at Apsley

Apsley is a farming district on the banks of the Jordan River near Melton Mowbray in the southern Midlands. Apsley was once the railhead for the Apsley Line that branched off the Hobart-Launceston Main Line. There were two churches at Apsley; St Bartholomew’s Anglican church and a Presbyterian church which opened in 1914.

Land for the Anglican church and cemetery was donated by Russell and Harriet Ibbott of Strathbarton. The church was established with the support of the rector of Bothwell, Reverend S. Martin. Construction commenced on a weatherboard 'Mission Church' in 1908. It was intended that besides being a place of worship, the church would also be available for concerts, meetings and general community events, effectively serving as a public hall for Apsley.

The church opened in 1908 and was dedicated on St Bartholomew’s Day in 1910. The church has strong connections to the Ibbot family. In 1917 a stained glass window was erected to the memory of Corporal Fergus Ibbot, who died of wounds after the battle of El Romani in Egypt. In 1935 Bishop Hay dedicated memorials to two of the founders of the congregation, George and Charlotte Ibbott.


St Bartholomew's has been closed for many years however the building is still being maintained. 

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The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of (1069) Corporal Fergus Stanley Ibbott, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, took place at the Australian War Memorial on 5 May 2017.  A video and transcript can be found on this link:  

At the time of the Great War the Apsley district had a population of 160. Seventeen men went to the front and four never returned.  A memorial hall was built in 1922 in their honour.


Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Sources:

Daily Post, Thursday 28 May 1908, page 5
The Mercury, Tuesday 16 October 1917, page 5
Examiner, Saturday 27 May 1922,  page 11 
The Mercury, Saturday 31 August 1935, page 14

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

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