Friday, December 16, 2011


South Australian, Wednesday 7 August 1939
Subscriptions towards the erection of a place of Worship for the use of the CONGREGATIONALISTS under the ministry of the Rev. T.Q. STOW... His Excellency the Governor 10 pounds 10 shillings (10 guineas) ... Mr G. MAWBEY one pound one shilling (one guinea) ... [total raised] 607 pounds 13 shillings and 6 pence.
[Source: xxxx)
Until I read this newspaper article, I did not know that George Mawbey was a religious 'non-confirmist', 'dissenter', i.e. not an adherent of the 'establishment' Church of England.
He had married in the English church in Sydney the year before he went to South Australia.
But this may have been because there was no other option.

Lachlan Macquarie, the Scottish Governor who ran the colony of New South Wales from 1810-1821, had degreed that the only religious denomination allowed there was the Church of England.
This naturally upset the Irish who were predominantly Catholic.
The story goes that after Macquarie oversaw the building of St Matthews Church of England at Windsor, the Irish built their own Catholic church also called 'St Matthews'.
That way they could still obey the official edict that they attend the church of that name.
But that's another story ...