No. 812 - Risdon Vale - St Martin's Anglican Church (1966-2007)

Risdon Vale is a suburb within the City of Clarence and a part of the Greater Hobart region. Risdon Vale was established in the early 1960s by the Tasmanian Government’s Housing Department. It is also the location of the Risdon Prison Complex.

When the Housing Department developed plans for the Risdon housing estate in the early 1960s, sites were made available for four religious denominations. (see map below) These included Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic and Congregational churches. Of these, only Anglican and Catholic churches were built; both of which have now closed.

The first Anglican service at Risdon Vale was held in the local State School on 22 October 1961. Within a few years a simple brick church was constructed which was dedicated to St Martin on 2 October 1966. The church closed and was sold in 2007. In 2009 the building was converted into a house.

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        St Martin's at Risdon Vale (undated) Photograph courtesy of the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania.

          St Martin's at Risdon Vale (undated) Photograph courtesy of the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania.

         A map of the Risdon Vale subdivision (1962) that shows the location of four proposed churches.   
                                                                      Source: Libraries Tasmania


Sources:

Stephens, Geoffrey & Anglican Church of Australia. Diocese of Tasmania, (issuing body.) The Anglican Church in Tasmania : a Diocesan history to mark the sesquicentenary, 1992. Trustees of the Diocese, Hobart, 1991

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


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