All Saints Church, Canberra

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All Saints Church is an Anglican church located in the suburb of Ainslie, Canberra. It is part of the diocese of Canberra and Goulburn in the Anglican Church of Australia.The original building started as the First Mortuary station in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, as noted on a plaque on the church:"The stonework of this church was originally used to build the first mortuary station on the branch railway to the necropolis rookwood near Sydney. This plaque was presented by the Australian Railway Historical Society to commemorate the old station which was in use from 1868 to 1948." The railway line went underneath the main arch in the building, where the aisle is in the present church. The side aisles are where the platforms for the station were located. Coffins would be taken out on the railway line to the cemetery for burial.The roof of the building burned down in a fire. The Ainslie parish bought the stonework for 100 pounds, and the stonework was transported to Canberra in 1957 where the current roof was built and work done to turn it into the present church. In the process the bell tower was moved from the left side of the entrance to the right.One of the stained glass windows was part of a church in Gloucestershire, England, which was bombed during World War 2.
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  • All Saints was dismantled and transported to Canberra in 1950s from Sydney. It has been a community church undergoing gradual and sensitive modernisation over the years. Well worth a visit if you are ...  more »
  • The Church during the Canberra tourism shriveled. But time went, we look to see the very Church features Ali, differentiation and other great! Many churches located in Canberra, the red-brick, spires and Church look a lot, but this is looks kinda like Roman ruins, the crumbling stone walls make up the church building, so the atmosphere is. Parking is in front of the Church, and easy to access.
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  • The fact that it was moved & rebuilt exactly as it was. You will find it in Cowper St Ainslie
  • Seen the Mortuary Station at Regent St near Central in Sydney? Be fascinated by this church which used to be the railway station at the other end of the line, at Rookwood Cemetery. Nice & bright church to walk around, especially if an angelic soloist begins singing from the organ gallery, as happened when we walked entered!

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