This parish began an independent life in 1908 as an off-shoot from St Augustine’s, Neutral Bay. The sanctuary, tower, transepts and first bay of the nave were built in 1909 and opened for worship in May that year. The rest of the nave, the baptistry and porch were added in 1910 and dedicated by Archbishop Wright on 26 May 1911. The parish hall next door was begun in 1922 as a war memorial and opened in 1923 by William Morris Hughes MHR.
Ernest Alfred Scott, the architect of St Peter’s, designed it in the light of the principles of the Oxford Movement, the nineteenth century Catholic Revival which had begun in the Church of England in the 1830s. The building is in the neo-Gothic Federation style.
ANZAC history at St Peter’s
Rev’d James Chaseling, rector of St Peter’s from 19088-1926, was the only rector of St Peter’s ever to serve abroad in wartime. At the end of the war, the parish undertook a number of builiding ventures as war memorials. Two brass memorial tablets were installed on the west wall of the church, on which the names of 179 members of the congregation are inscribed. A stone wall was erected along the Waters Street frontage as a further memorial, including two central pillars referring to the 1914-1918 war.
The most significant war memorial was the building of the church hall which in modern times has hosted a kindergarten which has serviced the community for over three decades.
Devotional art within the church
As you wander around the church you will notice a number of significant pieces of art, including Rabboni by Michael Galovic, shown below.
Outside the church there are further artworks on the site including a bird bath in the Memorial Garden and iron gates at the rear of the church.
A guide to these works of art has been produced to provide more detailed information and record the significance of the item.