Driving down Wolfram Street, the main street of Westonia, Mum and I spotted a tiny cute little church off to the side of the road on the left. It was just beyond the centre of town, where old homes and buildings blend in among the gimlet trees and salmon gums.
Of course we had to pull over and have a closer look.
The church is a simple weatherboard building with an iron roof, a style typical of Gold Fields architecture in those early days. It appears to have been well cared for over the years. Church services are held there on the third Sunday of every month.
A Long Journey for a Tiny Chapel
This cute and modest-looking building has an interesting story to tell of its early days!
It was first constructed by the Reverand Joseph Budge in 1916 at Naretha, a railway siding way out near Cocklebiddy in the remote South East of Western Australia, over 600km away from Westonia on the western edge of the vast Nullabor Plain. Joseph Budge was a missionary from the Navy Mission Society, and he constructed the building to be both a church and a meeting hall for the community.
At that time Naretha was a camp for workers building the Indian Pacific Railway line that links Perth and Kalgoorlie with the Eastern States of Australia. Not long after the church was built, the workers finished up at Naretha and moved on. The church was dismantled, transported to Kalgoorlie and rebuilt there. But when the Bishop of Kalgoorlie, Dr Cyril Golding-Bird, found out that Westonia had no church, he decided that the St Luke’s church building should be sent there.
So in 1918 it was moved again and constructed for the third and final time at its present site on the northern edge of the Westonia town site.
Click here to see the state heritage records for St Luke’s.
A Few More Photos of St Luke’s Anglican Church in Westonia:
Location of St Luke’s Anglican Church
St Luke’s Anglican Church is located on Wolfram Street, Westonia – a short distance north from the town centre. Westonia is a small town of less than 300 people about a 4 hour drive east of Perth.
Last Updated: 7th August, 2014.
First posted on 14th July, 2014 by Bonny.
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