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St Mary's Anglican Church & Grounds

Item details

Name of item: St Mary's Anglican Church & Grounds
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Primary address: 240 Birrell Street, Waverley, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
240 Birrell StreetWaverleyWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

One of Edmund Blacket's earlier churches. Both modest and attractive, and essentially intact. Of considerable historical interest. One of the oldest buildings in the Waverley Council area. Notable for its association with Bishop Barker and important local families. Sited on the highest point in Waverley and set in attractive garden surrounds. Local significance.
Date significance updated: 07 Feb 00
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Construction years: 1851-1890
Physical description: Impressive stone church in Ecclesiastical Gothic style. Long nave with chancel, vestry and two side porches. Dressed sandstone with concrete tiled roof (originally shingled). Paired lancet windows between buttresses. Stained glass with label moulds over. Good belfry above western parapet gable. Generally in good condition. It appears little of the original landscape features remain from the Victorian period. Possibly the driveway layout is original (now concreted). An impressive grey sandstone wall along Birrell Street frontage exists, possibly from c.1925. The bank of hydrangeas along the southern wall of the church probably dates from the same period. Mature Canary island palms, near adjacent former Church Hall and within grounds. Notable landscape elements to about 13m high, probably from c.1920. The central lawn is of buffalo grass. Traditional central and edge bordering flower beds. A columbabium (c.1970) exists on the north side of the church, screened by a mature cypress possibly from c.1920.
Current use: Church and grounds
Former use: Church and grounds


Historical notes: Built on a 0.4 hectare site donated by TD Edwards. Part of original grant to B Levey. Foundation stone laid and consecrated by Bishop Barker on 19 May 1964. Designed by Edmund Blacket and built by W Bailey. The original design envisaged a tower and spire, never built. Porches and organ chamber were added in 1872. Replaced an earlier church.

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 (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
This item is of cultural significance
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of landmark and streetscape/landscape significance
Integrity/Intactness: Altered sympathetically
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 Plan  06 Dec 96   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study1990L31/0038Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Database number: 2620371

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