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St Aidan’s Church, Ferguson - Heritage Tree

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Date: 1853 [unknown]
Location: Ferguson Valley, Western Australiamap
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The picturesque red brick church in the Ferguson Valley was built in 1954 after the original Church burnt down in the early hours of the morning on Friday 14th April in the fires of 1950, [1] which swept through from the Collie River to Donnybrook.
Ship Arrival at Australind, 6 December 1842
Trusty, 1842

. . . . Jesse and Jane Gardiner who arrived at Australind from England in the ship “Trusty“ on 6th December 1842 and took up three of the first homestead blocks to be allocated in the Ferguson in the early 1850’s. . . . . Jesse donated a small parcel of land for the use of a cemetery for local Ferguson residents in the early 1850’s next to where the current Church stands today.

. . . . A plaque on the altar chair commemorates the Rev. Andrew Buchanan who established Congregational Worship in the Ferguson on the 7th August 1866 at ‘Rosehill’, the home of Mr James Higgins. . .
. . . . During the next few years, attendance grew too large for a private home so Ephraim Gardiner, youngest son of Jesse and Jane Gardiner, generously gave an area of land for the original Church adjacent to the cemetery on condition that “a Peoples’ Church be created thereon”. This land was held in trust by the Anglican Diocese until 1934 when it was transferred by deed by Guy Gardiner, son of Ephraim

St. Aidens Cemetery, Dardanup :: from Oz Burials
West Aust Cemeteries - Gardiner Tree

Ferguson, Wednesday. District News. (1902, February 22). [2]
A social was held on Monday evening last, in the Ferguson Church, in connection with the Harvest thanksgiving, in order to raise funds to attend to few necessary repairs to the church building. There were a large number of people from all parts of the district, including a few ladies and gentlemen from Bunbury. The first part of the programme consisted of songs, recitations, and instrumental music. Mr Woodruff sang ' Larboard Watch ;' Miss Baylis, ' Holy City ;' Mrs Belcher, ' Happy moments ' and ' Cottage by the Sea,' which were, much appreciated by the audience. During the interval the audience were entertained to fruit and lights refreshments, which reflected great credit on the ladies of the Ferguson for their thoughtfulness and attention. . . . . . more . .


  1. Devastating Bushfires (1950, April 15).Kalgoorlie Miner
    (WA : 1895 - 1954), p. 5. Retrieved April 28, 2020
  2. DISTRICT NEWS. (1902, February 22). Bunbury Herald
    (WA : 1892 - 1919), p. 2. Retrieved April 9, 2022

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