Friday, February 15, 2013
St Mary's Anglican Church - Bundarra
Bundarra must be unique in Australia that both the Anglican & Roman Catholic Churches are both called St Mary's, traditionally this is an Irish RC name for churches.
The foundation stone for St Mary The Virgin was laid by the Bishop Turner of Grafton and Armidale in 1874. It is most surely a design by Horbury Hunt one of Australia's most unique architects. I am of course reminded of his masterpiece in Grafton, Christ Church Cathederal. Although St Mary's is very much smaller it is beautifully proportioned.
Built in a Gothic Revival style mixed with North American Shingle (Hunt's trademark), it is sad but practical that the shingle roof was replaced with slate in 1924. It is however, very pleasing to see the white lantern above the nave still has them.
It is a strange coincidence that the first incumbent was Rev. Charles Capel Greenway, son of the most well known convict forger and original Colonial architect Francis Greenway.
Of course one of my regrets was that the Chuch was closed and I couldn't get inside, it is apparently very interesting. Oh well, guess that means another trip to this very lovely town in the next few years.