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St. Paul's Anglican Church & St Paul's Sunday School Hall.

Item details

Name of item: St. Paul's Anglican Church & St Paul's Sunday School Hall.
Other name/s: Multi Arts Centre
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Location: Lat: 144.962143 Long: -35.531352
Primary address: 234 Cressy Street, Deniliquin, NSW 2710
Parish: South Deniliquin
County: Townsend
Local govt. area: Deniliquin


Cressy Street, corner of Edward Streets, Deniliquin.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
234 Cressy StreetDeniliquinDeniliquinSouth DeniliquinTownsendPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Victorian Academic Gothic Style church and Sunday school buildings located on the important east corner of the Waring Gardens are of historic, cultural, social and aesthetic significance to the Anglican and general communities of Deniliquin.
Date significance updated: 02 Dec 04
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Designer/Maker: Smith & Watson, Architects, Melbourne
Builder/Maker: John Taylor
Construction years: 1866-1866
Physical description: The Victorian Academic Gothic Style Church and Sunday School buildings underwent extensive conservation work in the early 1990s under the auspices of Heritage Council of NSW. Vandals had contributed to the overall decay which had taken over the buildings. The slate roof of the church has been replaced, brickwork reinstated, doors and stained glass windows restored or replaced. The interior has also undergone major refurbishment. The buildings are in good condition.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good condition
Date condition updated:20 Aug 04
Modifications and dates:
As per Council Records Property Card. Val No: 347.
06.03.1984- Silk Screen Printing,

As per Council Property Record Cards,(waring Gardens) Lot 1 Sect 208 No 46-58 Val No: 347.
Cert issued - 02.07.1973 - Church Hall
Installation of Air-conditioning 00.04.2001,

Major refurbishment during the 1990's.
Further information: Cressy Street (ST Paul's Church Of England Group - Card 1 Of 3)
Current use: Multi Arts Centre; community hall.
Former use: Church Hall, Sunday School Hall. / Community Gathering Place / Art Rooms /


Historical notes: Subscriptions were collected from town and district Anglicans about 1857 to build a house for a minister, and eventually a Church. Enough was raised (£2400) to build a slab house, a brick house and a brick church. TheChurch, Christ Church, was built on the corner of George and Macauley Streets. As per James Taylor's Reminiscences of Early Deniliquin from "Looking back with Jack". Independent Newspaper article. Several services were held in the Church before it was consecrated. On 22 October 1861, a week after the consecration, it was blown down in a storm.
The next Church service was held in the Masonic Hall.
The foundation stone of ST Paul’s was laid in 1866. The Church was built in 1866 by John Taylor, and designed by Melbourne Architects Smith & Watson. Rev. Samuel Harper opened the building in November 1866 and it was not until May 1873 that the Bishop of Goulburn consecrated the building. Worship continued here until 1977 when a new Church was built on the site of the old Anglican Rectory at the junction of Poictiers, Wellington and Harrison Streets. The site was dedicated on 13 February 1867, Church building erected in 1868. National Estate Committee of inquiry provided a grant of $119,000 in 1973 - 74 to acquire the 1 acre of property and add to the adjoining park land. (from nominators)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. (none)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship (none)-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Social institutions-Activities and organisational arrangements for the provision of social activities (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The property has been assessed as being of historical significance to the state. Please refer to NSW Heritage Office recrods
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The property has been defined as being of state signifcance for its association with the religious communtiy. Please refer to NSW Heritage Office recrods
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The property has been assessment as being of aesthetic or technical significance.Please refer to NSW Heritage Office recrods
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
Please refer to NSW Heritage Office recrods
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Please refer to NSW Heritage Office recrods
SHR Criteria f)
Please refer to NSW Heritage Office recrods
SHR Criteria g)
Please refer to NSW Heritage Office recrods
Integrity/Intactness: Good
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanDeniliquin LEP 2013I223 Dec 13   
Local Environmental PlanSch 115 & 1603 Apr 98 642379
Heritage study     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenCompiled by the Deniliquin Library Staff;Deniliquin History Vol 10Looking back with Jack, James Taylor's Reminiscennces of Early Deniliquin
WrittenDeniliquin’s 150 Year Celebrations Committee 19921992Our Heritage Deniliquin’s 150 Year Celebrations Committee 1842 >1992
WrittenFreeman, P. of Peter Freeman & Partners Pty Ltd, Architects & Planners,Canberra.1991Deniliquin Main Street Project Field Inventories
Oral HistoryMr. Ken Young,2003Heritage Advisor for Deniliquin Council.
WrittenNational Trust of Australia (NSW)0National Trust of Australia (NSW)

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1500015
File number: 000678

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