Our church building has a fascinating history. It was originally built as a railway station for the Rookwood cemetery in NSW. The architect, James Barnett, was the Colonial Architect, and one of the finest architects in Australia at that time. He was also responsible for the NSW General Post Office, the Sydney University Medical School and many other siginificant buildings.
The use of the Gothic Revival style for a railway station makes our building an archetypical example of the bold Victorian architectural spirit. It unites the traditional arts of stone carving and gothic forms with the "modern" (at that time) technology of rail transport. Its move to Canberra in the 1950's, and conversion for use as a church has resulted in a building with a unique sense of strength, space and light, quite distinct from many purpose-built gothic revival churches, yet very successful as a pleasing place to meet and worship.
The church features two beautiful stained galss windows from England: the main one behind the altar is from St Clement's Attercliffe in Sheffield and there is a smaller window from St Margaret's Bagendon in Gloucestershire.
All Saints' Heritage Fund
To ensure our beautiful building remains standing for years to come, we have set up a tax-deductable Heritage Fund for your generous donations. All Saints is listed on the ACT Heritage Places Register and on the Register of the National Estate. The Heritage Fund is endorsed by the National Trust of Australia - ACT Branch.
If you would like to make a donation, please contact the Parish Office for cash donations or electronic banking details. Alternatively, cheques can be posted to the Administrator, All Saints' Church, 9-15 Cowper Street, Ainslie ACT 2602, with your name and address for issuing a receipt.
What's it all about?
A Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is a Plan to Manage the Conservation of a heritage site or item in such a way that the things that make it “heritage” can be preserved for future generations, while giving the custodians sufficient flexibility to do as much as possible to make use of it.
CMPs therefore form a fundamental building block in the long term planning of any individual or institution which has custody of the heritage item. With an approved CMP in place, the custodians are, on the one hand, constrained not to do things without approval which are contrary to the CMP or may reduce the heritage value of the item. On the other hand, they are strengthened to seek public funding, donations or support to assist them to undertake work approved in the CMP.
All Saints’ Anglican Church, Ainslie, had its revised CMP approved by the ACT Heritage Council in March 2016, replacing its 1996 CMP. Accordingly, the Parish is now required to include conservation work recommended in the CMP in its planning, subject to timing constraints regarding resources and other events.
In explaining the background and reasoning with regard to All Saints' heritage conservation, the CMP also provides a valuable historical record of the parish, as well as of the site and the elements of the church building itself.
The full CMP is available to read by clicking on the Conservation Management Plan heading above.