5 July 2011

All Saints Ainslie re-opening with a new floor

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floor re-tiling

All Saints Anglican Church in Ainslie is letting the world know they’re re-opening their doors this Sunday having been closed since Easter to replace the floor with stone tiles.

The church building was previously the mortuary railway station at Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, which was built in 1868. In 1958-9 the old stone building was dismantled and transported to its present site on the corner of Bonney and Cowper Streets. Click here for details.

The 1959 reconstruction involved the installation of a cork tile floor, which had reached the end of its life, so a decision was taken to move worship to the All Saints hall while a stone tile floor was installed. That has now been completed and the parish has been busy cleaning the dust created by the work and re-installing the church’s furniture, ready for Dean Phillip Saunders to bless the new floor on 10 July.

Here’s the finished product:

completed floor

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My dad Stan Taunton was the builder of All Saints. Dad and my brother Johnny, camped for three months in Rookwood cemetery numbering each stone, making sectional drawings and then with a team of men demolished the building with only one stone being broken. Dad dedicated a year of his working life to this amazing project and great achievement. A much loved and wonderful man.

arescarti42 said :

Mortuary railway station eh? I had no idea such things existed.

The main mortuary station building is still there in Sydney.

eyeLikeCarrots9:27 pm 05 Jul 11

I bet jesus would have loved to live long enough to see so much wealth spent on a house of worship for his old man.

His mum and step dad would have been thankful for nicer digs for the birth too.

That is lovely. I really don’t liek the modern, very sparse and unchurchlike churches they’ve been doing since the 60s. That’s the real deal. I failed my first driving test right outside there, too.

Holden Caulfield1:42 pm 05 Jul 11

Always amazes me that they can/used to pull a stone building apart and relocate it.

It’s why the doors are unusually large.

Mortuary railway station eh? I had no idea such things existed. A quick Google image search for “mortuary station Rookwood” comes up with some very interesting images of what appears to be the current church in use as a station.


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