The celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the parish started on 27 December 2011, and extended through until May 2012. The anniversary of the completion of St John's Church will take place at the end of 2013.
Commemorative services were held on 27 December 2011 and on 6 May 2012 to bookend the other parts of the celebrations.
The parish also celebrated its sesquicentennial with a number of other events, including a parish picnic, a disco, an organ recital, an art exhibition, a variety concert, an ANZAC day service at the lych-gate, a tour of the soldiers' graves in the churchyard, and concluded with a celebration dinner.
A summary of the early history of St John's can be found here.
As part of the Sesqui celebrations, a more detailed history of the church building has been prepared. Julia Stuart, wife of former vicar Rev Peter Stuart, has collated together a lot of information and photographs, detailing the history from 1861 to the present day. A limited number of print editions were available by pre-order only, but these have now all sold out. An low-resolution electronic version is available in PDF format. A summary brochure in printed form will be made available in the church for those who are interested.
The final print version was launched in May 2014, when Bishop Justin was present to mark the occasion.
Because of the historical significance of St John's, we have made the early parts of the Parish Registers (prior to 1920) available via this website. As of January 2014, the Baptism and Confirmation Registers are available until 1920, the Burial Register is available in its entirety, and the Marriage Register is available to 1920.
Meanwhile, if you have a query, please email the parish office with details of your request.