Composed and shared by Ceduna Old Photos, Sue Trewartha and Erica Bodger.
WCS. 18 August 1954. Ceduna. The new St Michael and All Angels Church, which is a replacement of the wood and iron church built there 45 years ago, is now well on the way towards completion.
Original St Michael and All Angel’s church, practically opposite the current one.Coloured slide photos thanks to Mac Job.
Original St Michael and All Angel’s church, BCA staff at church.Coloured slide photos thanks to Mac Job.
The walls of the building are finished and ready for the roof. Built of cement bricks it is hoped that the church will be completed by December. The 28,000 bricks involved were made by members of the church in voluntary labour efforts and much of the manual work has been done by the Anglican clergyman, Rev T H Hayman, of the Far West Mission of the Bush Church Aid Society.
Rev Hayman busy at work laying bricks for the current day Anglican Church.
Rev Hayman and his assistant Rev I E A Booth, spend all their spare time on the new building. Although a bricklayer has been employed, the clergymen and helpers have been the bricklayer’s labourers for the erection of the walls.
Rev Hayman making bricks for the church!
The church, 68 ft x 30ft, was designed to accommodate 150. At present there are sufficient pews to accommodate 50 people. Mr Snodgrass of Sydney, who is Rev Hayman’s father in law, and a cement worker by trade, has been spending a prolonged holiday in Ceduna.
He has given much technical assistance and has been overseer on the building. The demolition of the old church has been carried out as the new building has been erected and much of the timberwork, such as windows and doors from the old building has been used in the new. The task of raising finance for the new church was commenced four years ago and Rev Hayman made the first bricks of the building last November. Two new windows have been donated, one of which is stained glass and of the “Good Shepherd”. Donations also include a pew and cash toward the purchase of a second, the centre carpet and the paint for the woodwork of the structure. The porch tower with its unique cross built in, is a thanksgiving token to the medical staff of the BCA, past and present. The cross will stand out particularly at night when the front of the church is illuminated with floodlights. Pine trees form an avenue either side of the front path. The subscription list for the new church is still open and donations, large or small, will be gratefully received and faithfully applied. Rev Hayman said last week that those who donate funds for the church, no doubt, would receive the blessing, which comes from the act of giving.