No. 658 - Judbury - St Luke's Anglican Church

Judbury is a small rural settlement approximately 12 kilometres west of Huonville. It was once an important orchard-growing district. It was originally known as Judd’s Creek, named after Henry Judd who settled there with his brother in 1853.

For most of its history Judbury had only a single church, a Methodist (Uniting) church, established in 1894. St Luke’s Anglican church was transported to Judbury from North Franklin in the 1950’s. The former Congregational church is believed to have been built in the 1860’s and was situated on Maxfields Road near the site of the Pioneer Cemetery.

The church was sold to the Anglicans in 1952 and re-erected at Judbury by voluntary labour. It was consecrated in April 1955. The building was subsequently extended in 1958.

In 2018 the church was one of the first to be sold to meet the Anglican Church’s commitment to the national redress scheme. It has since been sympathetically converted into a house, retaining its exterior features. The building’s earlier history as the North Franklin Congregational Church will feature in a future article on ‘Churches of Tasmania’.

Additional information and sources about the church and building are most welcome as all articles are updated. I can be contacted through this page or my Facebook page "Churches of Tasmania" which is linked here: <Churches of Tasmania>.

The church in 2020 - photograph - Duncan Grant

The church in 2020 - photograph - Duncan Grant

The church in 2020 - photograph - Duncan Grant

The church in 2020 - photograph - Duncan Grant

Advertisement for the sale of the North Franklin Congregational Church - The Mercury, June 1952.

Real Estate Photographs from 2018 - courtesy of Harcourts - providing a valuable record of the church before its closure.










Sources:

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

The Mercury, Saturday 21 June 1952, page 28


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