Re­lo­ca­tion of Monto church driven by love of his­tory and restora­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THIS is not the first time Monto’s Angli­can Church has been taken down and moved.

It was built in Clifton in 1885, but was moved to Monto as a non-de­nom­i­na­tional church in 1927.

Jaiben Baker said it would take be­tween a year and two years to re­build it at Ca­nia.

“I did it the ‘old school’ way; num­bered all the studs, all the rafters,” Mr Baker said.

“Through the process of pulling it down, they found the orig­i­nal Ro­man numeral mark­ings,” he said.

Th­ese mark­ings were chis­elled into the beams, but Mr Baker also marked his own num­bers for use.

He said he be­lieved when it was first moved, it had come up via bul­lock team and wagon.

“I have a real in­ter­est and pas­sion for old build­ings and restor­ing and re­build­ing them,” he said.

“It was a good op­por­tu­nity be­cause it was de­te­ri­o­rat­ing over the years and would have even­tu­ally just fallen over.

“So it was an op­por­tu­nity to re­move it us­ing the old skills and the old ways.”

Mr Baker orig­i­nally looked into the pos­si­bil­ity of mov­ing it via truck, but due to the costs, opted to dis­as­sem­ble it in­stead.

The bulk of the de­mo­li­tion ef­fort was done with the help of lo­cals.

Mr Baker paid the work­ers for their ef­fort as well as a small church con­tri­bu­tion to se­cure the con­tract.

Some of the un­used tim­ber from the re­build will be used in re­con­struct­ing an old barn on his prop­erty.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

TIM­BER TAL­ENT: Jaiben Baker (right) worked hard to get the church hall disas­sem­bled and ready to re­lo­cate.

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