Beecroft-Cheltenham History Group

Anglican Church – St Johns

The beginning of an Anglican congregation was started by Jemima Margaret Hull who lived with her family in a house which still stands on the northern corner of Beecroft Road and Kirkham Street. Mrs Hull commenced these services in 1890.[1] At a meeting in her home on 15 November 1890 of Rev George McIntosh, William Gratus Coward, Charles Churchill Tucker, Mrs Alfred Cox and Mrs Hull a decision was made to purchase land for a church building. [2] 

Within just 3 months a site on the southern corner of Beecroft Road and Hannah Street was purchased, architectural plans of William Coward were accepted and building by Hart & Sons of Parramatta of a small timber church was completed. An opening ceremony was held on 7 February 1891 although it was not licensed as an Anglican Church until 18 January 1892.[3] Due to the rapid growth in the size of the congregation the church was doubled in size during 1894 to 1895. Services were conducted twice a month by the Rev McIntosh from the neighbouring parish of St Paul’s Carlingford. The church continued to grow in size and a Sunday School was formed followed by the first confirmation service in 1899. A Sunday evening service commenced in 1902.

The present site was purchased in 1905-6 during a period of considerable growth in the size of the church congregation and wealth. In February 1906 the church building was relocated to this site after being towed by a steam traction engine.[4] William Nixon designed a new Gothic church of which the first part was commenced in 1907. The earlier building now became the hall and continues to have this function to this day.

The congregation continued to grow and in 1912 Victor Abram, who had come to faith in Beecroft is the first member of the congregation known to enter Moore Theological College.[5]  



[1] Beecroft
Cheltenham History Group Beecroft and
Cheltenham: the shaping of a Sydney community to 1914
(privately published,
Beecroft, 1995) p 213

[2] Beecroft
Cheltenham History Group Beecroft and
Cheltenham: the shaping of a Sydney community to 1914
(privately published,
Beecroft, 1995) p 213

[3] Beecroft
Cheltenham History Group Beecroft and
Cheltenham: the shaping of a Sydney community to 1914
(privately published,
Beecroft, 1995) p 214

[4] Beecroft
Cheltenham History Group Beecroft and
Cheltenham: the shaping of a Sydney community to 1914
(privately published,
Beecroft, 1995) p 220

[5] Beecroft
Cheltenham History Group Beecroft and
Cheltenham: the shaping of a Sydney community to 1914
(privately published,
Beecroft, 1995) pp 222-3

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