• Short Summary

    Celebrations were held in Ebenezer today to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the oldest church still in use in Australia.

  • Description

    Celebrations were held in Ebenezer today to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the oldest church still in use in Australia.

    A big crowd gathered for the ceremony. Among them Mrs. McGowan of Drummoyne, shown here beside the grave of her great grandfather, Captain Grono of the Royal Navy who helped to build the church.

    About fifty people in period costume re-enacted the arrival of the pioneers who arrived one hundred and fifty seven years ago at Portland Head on the banks of the upper Hawkesbury River. They brought with them all their personal belongings including tools and livestock.

    Then a thanksgiving service on the bank of their safe arrival after months of a long and tedious voyage from their homeland. Subsequently this rich agricultural district was regarded as the cradle of the Commonwealth as it was from these rich lands that Australia was really colonised.

    The historic old tree where the community's first elder, James Mein,led them in worship.

    The first service had a rude interruption from the Army. The local guard mistook the meeting as a prelude to an insurrection, and took what they thought were precautionary steps to stop it.

    But the officer or the guard soon took stock of the situation. He recalled his men from breaking up the meeting and the incident ended on friendly note.

    The colourful pageantry ended with the arrival of the Moderator General of Australia the Right Reverand D.J. Flockhart. He then held a brief service inside the church to commemorate the historic occasion, one hundred years of Presbyterian worship in Australia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE90HUF7UIX7EFPQEMK34AUCHF
    Media URN:
    VLVAE90HUF7UIX7EFPQEMK34AUCHF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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