St John's Church, Launceston

St Johns Church, is an Anglican church in Launceston, Tasmania and the oldest church in the city having started construction in 1824.[1] Though the church is one of the oldest surviving churches in Australia, it has received numerous extensions and modifications with only the tower and first window pair of the nave being original. St John's Church is located on the corner of St John Street and Elizabeth Street and is one of five churches facing onto Prince's Square.

St John's Church
St John's Anglican Church
St John's Church showing original front portion and later extensions
St John's Church
41.439781°S 147.141367°E / -41.439781; 147.141367
LocationLaunceston, Tasmania
StatusParish church
Founded1825 (1825)
Founder(s)Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur
DedicationSt John the Evangelist
Architect(s)David Lambe (original church nave)
John Lee Archer (clock tower)
Alexander North (main church body)[1]
Architectural typeChurch
StyleColonial Gothic
Years built1825 (original church completed)[1]
1830 (clock tower added)
1911 (transept and altar completed)
1938 (new nave completed)
Groundbreaking1824 (1824)
Number of spires1
MaterialsSandstone, brick, stucco, bluestone
DioceseDiocese of Tasmania
RectorRoss Nicolson

The church's bell was cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London.[1]

See also


  1. Waldhuter, Lauren (25 October 2015). "Secrets of 190-year-old Launceston church; snapshot of city's early life". ABC News. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
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