OUR HISTORY

The people of St. Philip’s have worshipped in Eastwood for over 100 years. In the early days they met in a tent, or the local community hall. Since 1907 we have been meeting in the present building.

As a Bible based evangelical church, we have always shared a fundamental conviction that God and his word reveal the truth about our life and existence, and are absolutely reliable.

The motivation for gathering as the church, for encouraging one another to follow Jesus and for making the life choices we do, are understood in the light of what we read and learn in the Bible.  St. Phil’s members love being part of such a friendly and caring community and welcome anyone to join us.

Rectors of St Philip’s

1914 – 1918 H.W. Mullins (Curate in charge)
Mullins was Rector of Ryde
1918 – 1943 A. Colvin (Andrew) – First Rector
1943 – 1946 H. Bates (Harry)
1946 – 1956 B.R. Horsley (Boyce)
1956 – 1964 E.G. Mortley
1965 – 1972 A. Funnel
1972 – 1993 W. S. Skillicorn (Stan)
1993 – 2006 M. A. Fairhurst (Mark)
2007 – 2014 C. R. Burgess (Chris)
2015 – present B. D. Stanley (Bruce)

Historic Dates

1905 services began in a tent, then moved to School of Arts.

1906 Current site – land given by Mrs A Darvall.

1907 Building of Church begins – existing chancel and stage area. Cost of £560.

1907 Sunday 28th April first service.

1912 3 more bays added to first stage.

1917 January St Philip’s School Hall completed for £890.

1917 28 February services started at St George’s Marsfield.

1917 May services started at St Mark’s Ermington.

1920 Rectory purchased (25 Clanwilliam) for £1,750.

1926 St Mark’s Ermington comes under West Ryde Parish and St Paul’s Carlingford comes under Eastwood Parish.

1930 January St Philip’s Sunday School rooms completed for £620.

1932 Pipe Organ installed for £550.

1933 26th August foundation stone laid for current Church – completed in November that year.

1936 St Paul’s Carlingford given provisional status.

1943 Sunday school founded at St Dunstan’s Denistone.

1950 main church repairs, repaint, plumbing, waterproofing and new electricals. Cost £1200.

1956 Dedication of the War Memorial Hall. Cost £21,000.

1961 December Church gallery and tower dedicated. 300 in attendance.

1970 Curatage purchased 8a Clanwilliam St. Cost $18,750.

2000 Cantonese service commences under Rev David Yue

2015 Mandarin Service commences under Rev. Raymond Leung

2016 Rectory extensions completed. Cost $220,000.

2016 Church waterproofed, repainted, main floor replaced, complete re-carpet. Interior roof cleaning. Cost $150,000.

2016 Curatage renovated. New kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, flooring, repaint. Cost $80,000

 

“The work of erecting the first portion of the Anglican Church at Eastwood was commenced yesterday. There will be accommodation for 300, and the building will be constructed of brick from plans prepared by Mr Summerhayes, architect”20 November 1906, the Sydney Morning Herald

Assistant Ministers

1908-1909 Rev C M Stratham

1909-1910 Rev J H Willcoxon

1910-1914 Rev H W Mullins

1929-1931 Rev H G S Begbie

1931-1932 Rev C M Kemmis

1932-1936 Rev O W Cooper

1943 Rev J R Noble

1949 Rev R Patfield

1950-1951 Rev A J Gerlach

1951-1953 Rev R W J Fraser

1953-1954 Rev K N Wray

1954-1956 Rev D F L Harris

1956 Rev E J Storey

Rev F Alderton

Rev C Gumbley

Rev P Gurrier Jones

Rev C White

Rev G Simpson

Rev D Meadows

Rev G Orr

Rev R Nixie

1973-1974 Rev D G Mulready

1976-1977 Rev G Simpson

1974-1975 Rev R Humphreys

1981-1982 Rev G B Mackay

1983-1984 Rev M P Steinwede

1990-1991 Rev A V Galea

1992-1993 Rev M A Fairhurst

1994-1996 Rev T C Goodman-Jones

1997-1999 Rev D L Milne

2000-2007 Rev B G Chapman

2000-current Rev D T M Yue

2007-2016 Rev M J Smith

2015-current Rev R Leung

2017-current Rev A James

“The house at 25 Clanalpine Street first appears in the Sands Directory in 1913 as ‘Carlisle’ and is listed as the residence of Daniel French until 1921. The Council’s Valuation Books from 1924 confirm that the Rectory owned by the Anglican church is the house known as ‘Carlyle’. It is described as a brick cottage with six rooms and a slate roof, with a weatherboard garage.”heritage inventory listing