First Anglican church site

Link to past: Former Sutherland Police Station, which was built in the 1930s, was once the site of an Anglican Church.
Link to past: Former Sutherland Police Station, which was built in the 1930s, was once the site of an Anglican Church.

Re the article ‘‘View to the future’’ (Leader, January 23).

The news dealing with the proposed building on the corner of Boyle and Eton Streets omits one very interesting and vital historical fact about the site.

Long before the Police Station was built, it was the site of the first Anglican Church, (Church of England in those days), in the shire.

In the early 30s this weatherboard building was moved intact to the present Anglican site on the corner of Belmont and Flora Streets.

As the move was undertaken by volunteers on a Saturday, it had only reached Flora Street  near Merton Street, when they knocked off at dark. That was just about the end of the tarmac in those days.

I can remember being taken to see the church sitting in the street. My father assured me that a service was held in it on the Sunday morning as there was no work on Sundays in those days.

After being installed on the resent Anglican site, it was later surrounded by the white sandstone fence, which was shaped by the Rev. Alfred Smith, a former stonemason in England. The original building is long gone but the fence is preserved today.

Kevin Engel, Caringbah