No. 1232 - Bridport - St Mark's Anglican Church - Sunday School

This article is one of a series about the history buildings associated with some of Tasmania’s historical churches. These buildings include Sunday schools, parish halls, convents, schools and residences of the clergy. Ancillary buildings are often overlooked and rarely feature in published histories. My aim is to create a simple record of these buildings, including those that no longer exist.

Bridport is a small resort town on Tasmania’s north-east coast situated at the mouth of the Brid River. It was once a significant port for hinterland mining settlements during the boom of the late 19th century.

St Mark’s Anglican church was built in 1931 and was opened and dedicated by Bishop Hay on Sunday 19 July 1931. In the 1950s a Sunday school hall was erected behind the church. The church was sold in 2020 and has since been converted into business premises for the Little Rivers Brewing Company. In 2023 the Sunday school hall was to be demolished to make way for housing units. However, the building has be acquired by an Amish community at Springfield, near Scottsdale. The building will be relocated to Springfield this year and used for workers accommodation. St Mark’s Sunday school is the second Sunday school moved to the Springfield site. In 2020, St Paul’s Anglican Sunday School at Springfield was moved a short distance onto a working Amish farm.

St Mark's Sunday school (2019)


The interior of the Sunday school hall - photo: Harcourts Bridport 2020



St Mark's with the Sunday school hall at the rear.


Sources:

North East Advertiser, Wednesday 25 January 2023, page 1

https://northeasternadvertiser.com/featured-articles/sunday-school-breathes-new-life


 

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