No. 1106 - Scottsdale - St Barnabas' Parish Hall (1916)

This entry is another in a series of articles concerning buildings associated with some of Tasmania’s most significant churches. These buildings include Sunday schools, parish halls, convents, schools and residences of the clergy. Ancillary buildings are often overlooked and are rarely featured in published histories. My aim is to create a simple record of some of the most significant of these buildings, including some which no longer exist.

Scottsdale is the largest town in north-east Tasmania. It is named after the Government Surveyor, James Scott, who explored the region in the 1850’s. The town was initially planned around Ellesmere but it developed about a kilometre south of the original site and was officially called Scottsdale after 1893.

St Barnabas’ Anglican church opened in 1892. In 1916, a new parish hall was built alongside the church. The foundation stone for the hall was laid by Governor William Ellison-Macartney. The ceremony was reported by the Hobart Mercury:

“Friday last was a red-letter day for Scottsdale, the occasion being the first visit to the district of His Excellency the Governor, Sir William Ellison Macartney, to perform the ceremony of laying the foundation-stone of the Anglican Parish hall, which has been for many years a long-felt want. The church grounds looked beautiful with innumerable flags and mottoes, while over the entrance to the grounds a large Union Jack fluttered in the breeze, being flanked by the British Ensign….The State-school scholars, with the principal (Mr. R. Holmes) and. Mrs. Lowther’s scholars, were formed into a hollow square, and there was the largest public attendance within the grounds that has ever been known. At 4.10 His Excellency arrived, being accompanied by Captain Matthew Donaldson aide-de-camp), and was met at the entrance to the grounds by the Rector (Rev. C. W. Wilson), and conducted to the dais. The National Anthem was played by the cadets. His Excellency complimented Captains Findlay and Roberts upon the smart, soldier- by appearance of the cadets. Then followed the special service for the laying of the foundation-stone, after which His Excellency performed the ceremony, declaring the stone well and truly laid….The Rector thanked His Excellency on, behalf of the congregation, as well as himself, for coming so far to lay the foundation-stone of their parish-hall. The existence of the hall would be of great value and help 'to them….”.

The hall’s cement brick facade, which is in the Art-Deco style, appears to have been constructed at a later date and subsequently altered. The original entrance to the hall has been moved, somewhat compromising the architect’s conception of the building.


Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 22 February 1916, page 8
North-Eastern Advertiser, Tuesday 22 February 1916, page 3
Mercury, Friday 25 February 1916, page 2


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