Relocation of Monto church driven by love of history and restoration
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.
TIMBER TALENT: Jaiben Baker (right) worked hard to get the church hall disassembled and ready to relocate.