No. 1048 - Flinders Island: Badger Corner - St Barnabas Anglican Church (1915-1926)

Badger Corner was a small settlement at the southern end of Flinders Island, approximately 7 kilometres west of the town of Lady Barron. It is now a conservation area. It was considered a safe anchorage and was used as a drop off point for ships bringing supplies to Flinders Island.

The ‘foundation stone’ for the Badger Corner church was laid by Archdeacon Whitington in June 1914. The church was opened and dedicated in January in the following year. The Launceston Examiner reported:

“On Sunday, January 23, the first church on the island was opened and dedicated at Badger Corner. Holy communion being celebrated at 10.30 a.m., evensong, sermon, and holy baptism at St. Mark's Mission Hall, Lady Barron at 3 p.m., and at 7.30 p.m. dedication service and sermon in the new church, which is to be known as St. Barnarbas. The Rev. J. H. Wills gave an interesting and impressive sermon. All three services were largely attended, many coming from considerable distances”.

In 1926 the church was moved to “a more central location” closer to Lady Barron. In July 1926 the Launceston Examiner reported that:

“Rev. P. Baldwin applied for permission to remove the railing from the bridge over the Samphire River to allow the Badger Corner Church to be transported to a site nearer Lady Baron. The Request was granted on the condition that Mr. Baldwin undertook to replace the railing”.

In 1938 the church’s chancel was dedicated in memory of Mrs A.B. Smallfield. At the same service an altar was dedicated to the memory of Mrs J. Robinson and a brass altar cross to the memory of Mr and Mrs J. Robinson.

Over the years, the church has been practically rebuilt and little remains of the original building.

St Barnabas at Badger Corner. The photograph shows James and Emily Robinson / Holt with daughter Louie - Source QVMAG - Item No: 1988:P:0483 

The laying of the foundation stone of St Barnabas in July 1915. Source: samphiredeb.com (Flinders Island and Samphire River. 



Sources:

Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 1 July 1914, page 7
Examiner, Wednesday 3 February 1915, page 7
Examiner, Tuesday 9 February 1915, page 6
Daily Telegraph, Wednesday 21 April 1926, page 2
Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 14 July 1926, page 2
Examiner, Tuesday 14 July 1926, page 6
The Mercury, Wednesday 27 July 1938, page 9

Henslowe, Dorothea I. and Hurburgh, Isa.  Our heritage of Anglican churches in Tasmania / by Dorothea I. Henslowe ; sketches by Isa Hurburgh  [S.l  1978









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