Church to mark a century

RELICS ASSESSED: Minister Russell Cook and Reverend Alan Shaw discuss the history of items at St Andrews Anglican Church which is about to celebrate its centenary.
RELICS ASSESSED: Minister Russell Cook and Reverend Alan Shaw discuss the history of items at St Andrews Anglican Church which is about to celebrate its centenary. Marc Stapelberg

IF walls could talk, the 100-year-old St Andrew's Anglican Church in Lismore could tell a cracker of a story.

From the first cars on local roads to floods, fires and the First World War, the Zadoc St church has stood as silent witness to these events and more since its dedication by the first Bishop of Grafton on August 7, 1914.

Now, the parish will hold several celebratory events on Saturday and August 7 to celebrate the elaborate structure's centenary.

Associate priest Reverend Alan Shaw has spent many hours in the church, but said: "it's the people of the church, not the building" that he adores.

He was looking forward to the congregation's oldest member, 101-year-old Dulcie Parkes, cutting the centenary cake during Saturday's celebrations.

"The centenary is special in that it honours the work of past generations to make the church what it is today," he said.

The church was built with timber in 1871 at its current site, and in 1904 the stone foundation for a section of today's brick church was laid.

But by 1909 the congregation outgrew the new structure and by 1913 the administration accepted a tender of £2499 to transform the church into what we see today.

Transepts, soaring arches, vestries and an extended nave and chancel were added to give the church its cross shape and they were then dedicated by the bishop.

The church council decided "the people of Lismore should have every opportunity for stately worship" and arranged for the erection of a rare pipe organ.

It was designed by a German organ builder using German parts and was installed in 1914 by the British Pianoforte Depot of Sydney.

The church and organ were restored after hail-storm damage in 2007.

Slate from the original quarry in Wales was imported for roof repairs.


What's on

July 26, 2pm: Service of celebration at St Andrew's led by Rev Sarah Macneil. Centenary cake cut by 101-year-old Dulcie Parkes, the oldest member of Lismore parish and the city's oldest resident, followed by high tea in church hall.

Guided tours by Rev Geoff Foley to be held in the morning.

July 26, 7pm: Variety concert at the church featuring Summerland Brass Quintet, organist Warren Whitney and a collection of choirs. Admission by donation.

August 7, 7pm: Gounod's St Cecilia Mass at the church, marking pipe organ installation. Recital of organ music by Warren Whitney then a performance by Spiritsong with invited soloists and conductor of St Cecilia Mass by Charles Gounod.

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