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St John’s Anglican Church Group, including Church and Cemetery

Item details

Name of item: St John’s Anglican Church Group, including Church and Cemetery
Other name/s: Former Badgerys Creek Anglican Church Group
Type of item: Archaeological-Terrestrial
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Churchyard
Primary address: Pitt Street, Badgerys Creek, NSW 2171
Local govt. area: Liverpool
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Pitt StreetBadgerys CreekLiverpool  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

St John's Anglican Church Group demonstrates the foundation and development of the Anglican church in a small settlement, Badgery's Creek, in the environs of Liverpool. Many early families of the area are buried in the cemetery. The site also provides evidence of early native vegetation species of the area and introduced exotic plantings. The plantings are representative of late 19th early 20th century trends in cemetery landscaping. There is the potential to gain more information on the site from further architectural, archaeological and documentary research.
Date significance updated: 13 Mar 17
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Physical description: The St John's Anglican Church Group is located near the intersection of Pitt Street and Badgery's Creek Road adjacent to an important early settlement centre with the Public School, former Methodist Church site and cemetery (now Uniting Church) and early cottages. All that remains on the site is the cemetery. The Church was removed or demolished at same stage since 1992.

The site consists of a churchyard/cemetery with numerous gravestones/memorials, an open lawn and mature tree planting, generally native Eucalyptus species and pines, oleanders, pittosporum and other exotic shrub, around the perimeter. The Church building has been removed/demolished. Other site components include a monument with a a simple timber superstructure set on a brick plinth and a WC.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Fair (cemetery only)
Date condition updated:05 Jul 05
Modifications and dates: A Church was recorded within St John's Anglican Church Group in the 1992 Heritage Study. It has since been removed/demolished. The building was sited parallel to the road (i.e. aligned E-W) with the cemetery headstones and memorials arranged in 3 rows to the east.

A bell-tower memorial noted to the north of the church in 1992 has been modified by the removal of the posts and bell, leaving the brick base which is topped by the corrugated iron roof. The plaque dedicated to CJ and A Swann remains intact and legible.
Current use: Unused Cemetery
Former use: Church and Cemetery


Historical notes: The site demonstrates settlement patterns in the environs of Liverpool in the late 19th early 20th century and the development of small rural churches. (See also SHI 1970450).

The church building recorded in 1992 as a weatherboard, gable-roofed structure with lancet-headed windows has since been removed/demolished. The cemetery remains intact.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship Churchyard/Cemetery-
9. Phases of Life-Marking the phases of life Birth and Death-Activities associated with the initial stages of human life and the bearing of children, and with the final stages of human life and disposal of the dead. Cemetery-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
The site is demonstrates the history of the initial foundation and development of the Anglican Church in the small settlement of Badgery's Creek.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
The site is associated with early the early families of the small settlement of Badgery's Creek.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The site has a semi-rural setting with mature planting, it is aesthetically pleasing.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
There is the potential to gain more information on the site from further architectural, archaeological and documentary research.
SHR Criteria g)
The site's overall design is representative of late 19th early 20th century trends in cemetery design and landscaping.
Integrity/Intactness: Intact, but the church building site has been removed.
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.

Recommended management:

If any future redevelopment of this site is proposed a Statement of Heritage Impact should be undertaken to ensure that the proposal does not adversley impact upon the integrity of the site including the cemetery, vegetation and the landscape. The cemetery and/or the headstones should not be removed. The SHI must consider the landscape as a whole including the vegetation and the amenity of open space and the archaeological significance. Consultation should be undertaken with the community and if possible, descendants of those buried there, in respect of any future redevelopment of the site.


Management CategoryDescriptionDate Updated
Recommended ManagementConsult with owner and/or community05 Jul 05
Recommended ManagementDevelop a Statement of Heritage Impact05 Jul 05
Recommended ManagementCarry out an Archaeological Assessment05 Jul 05


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanLiverpool LEP 2008229 Aug 08   
Local Environmental Plan - Lapsed 025203 Feb 95 11655

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Liverpool Heritage Study1992LP0027 (Group) LP0028 (Church)Neustein & Associates  No
Liverpool Heritage Study Review20041970061FORM architects aust pty ltdHelen Davies & Cathy Fisher Yes

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Photograph 1981Photograph dated May 1981
WrittenBeverly Donald & Bill Gulson1996A Little Bit of Country - An Oral History of Badgerys Creek

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1970061

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