Thursday, 11 October 2007

Happy Birthday! St Matthew's Anglican Church, Windsor

St Matthew's Church at Windsor is the oldest Anglican Church in Australia and the second oldest of any denomination. It is widely acknowledged as one of the best works of the great convict architect, Francis Greenway. Built by convicts between 1817-1820, the site was chosen by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. Macquarie laid the foundation stone 11 October, 1817 - 190 years ago today.

An interesting feature of the interior is a Crying Room. Mum tells me many theatres and cinemas used to have them - a place parents could retreat to if their babies started crying and still watch the movie. I've never seen one in a church. This one was built in 1957. See here for more about St Matthew's.


  1. St, Matthew's is truly worth a visit. I was last there in 1966 and thought it was stunning.
    I'm sure we've seen some other Greenway buildings on your site, Sally. Thanks for such a beautiful shot of the interior, it brings back memories.

  2. I was quite surprised that you said you've never seen a cry-room in a church - almost all the churches here have them. I don't have kids, but I can imagine that it's quite a handy thing for mothers (or fathers!) who want to be part of the service but need to keep their babies with them. I've never seen one in a theatre or cinema though.
    Great shot of the interior of the church, by the way!

  3. Sally,
    These pictures are stunning. Can we use them on our website for our concert series at St Matthew's?