BEAU­TI­FUL GOTHICSTYLE CHURCH IN THE AUS­TRALIAN BUSH

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - News -

Gov­er­nor Lach­lan Mac­quarie is­sued land grants in 1810 to en­cour­age set­tle­ment in the Mul­goa Val­ley. Sol­dier and road-builder Wil­liam Cox built his cot­tage the fol­low­ing year. The build­ing still stands to­day.

Cox’s sons, Ge­orge, Henry and Ed­ward, es­tab­lished farms ad­join­ing their fa­ther’s prop­erty and in 1836 they be­came mem­bers of a com­mit­tee to build a church nearby. Their com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity saw them of­fer por­tion of their land to ac­com­mo­date the church and rec­tory. Sand­stone was quar­ried on the Fern Hill prop­erty and Bishop Broughton con­se­crated St Thomas’ Church on 13th Septem­ber 1838 with Rec­tor Thomas Cooper Makin­son oc­cu­py­ing the rec­tory.

The church or­gan is one of the small­est in the coun­try sup­plied in colo­nial times by John Walker of Lon­don. It has four ranks of pipes and was orig­i­nally op­er­ated by hand pumped bel­lows which are still in work­ing or­der. An elec­tric air­pump was in­stalled around 1946.

The stained glass win­dow was given in me­mory of Ge­orge Cox in 1868 with the word­ing of the English town­ship of Wim­bourne, Wil­liam Cox’s birth­place.

The bell in the tower was cast in Eng­land and brought to Aus­tralia in 1856 packed in wheat which was later sown in the area. The in­scrip­tion on the bell reads ‘Glory to God in the High­est’.

The ceme­tery be­side the church dates from early 1838 with many pi­o­neer fam­i­lies in­clud­ing Nor­ton, McLean and Cox.

St Thomas’ Angli­can church, Mul­goa

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