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St. Stephen's Church, Pejar : 1883-1983

Subject: In 1865 Mrs Margaret Thomasine Podmore donated a small piece of land, part of her original grant, to the Church of England, to be the site of a new church. Together with the Rev. D. Hulbert she worked to erect a small church. It was close to the main Crookwell to Goulburn road overlooking the Pejar Creek. The Bishop of Goulburn opened this church in June 1866. By 1881, an inspection revealed that the roof had fallen in, and soon after, the materials of this old building were sold. A plan of the new church building was dated 22nd April 1882 and it was to be built of Stone. The architect, Edmund Cooper Manfred gave his time and experience voluntarily, and it is believed that Manfred was apprenticed to Edmund Blackett, who at that time was building St Saviours Cathedral in Goulburn. St Stephen's originally part of the Collector Parish, was moved to Taralga in 1866 and finally became part of the Crookwell Parish in 1887. Restoration efforts occured from the 1950s, after flood, squatting, and vandalism took their toll, and in 1958 St Stephens was reconsecrated. A major feature of the church, from around this time, is the needlepoint kneelers - a project led by Mrs Winsome Turner to commemorate parishioners who had worshipped in St Stephen's in the past. The cross depicted on every Pejar kneeler represents the cross which stands on the altar in St Stephens Church.
10 p. ; 21 cm.
Family names relating to St Stephen's and remembered in the memorial kneelers include: Coggan, Beddoe, Broadbent, Gray, Hadlow, Hulbert, Podmore, Prell, Pockley, Paton, Rabjohns, Smith, Turner, West, and White.
St Stephen's Church, Pejar 1883-1983 -- The Pejar kneelers
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