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Images of Canberra – Danman visits All Saints Ainslie

By johnboy - 18 December 2006 22

Finishing up the series of pictures Danman took out and about the weekend before last, we have a scene from All Saints Church in Ainslie worthy of an Omen movie.

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Images of Canberra – Danman visits All Saints Ainslie
johnboy 3:48 pm 18 Dec 06

Gertrude asked that the following be known:

“You may be interested to know that you can see a surviving Mortuary Station on the way into Central Railway Station in Sydney. Look out the left hand side as you leave Redfern. It is called Regent Street, is only used for special occasions (Yule Fest on a steam-train type things) and is apparently built to the same specs as the one formerly at Rookwood, now All Saints.”

Thumper 3:05 pm 18 Dec 06

The roof burnt down and it was left derelict for a while so it was bought by a Canberra cleryman. He labelled every single brick and then shipped it down here where it was rebuilt.

From memory it cost him 8000 pounds.

blingblingbears 2:19 pm 18 Dec 06

im sorry but i just have to ask… how on earth did they move the church from Sydney? did they dismantle and rebuild it??? Ive been to a wedding at all saints and the plaque did not say how the heck its was transported over!

Mr_Shab 1:37 pm 18 Dec 06

Train to the soup kitchens?

It’s made from people!

Danman 1:11 pm 18 Dec 06

NO filtesr – white balance on automatic – ambient light reflected of smoke and clouds.

Jazz – got yer email – just been pretty hectic last few days.

Hope everyone enjoys.
ps. aopparently a few ghosts came to canberra with this building.

Those gone on the Enchanted Canberra Ghost Tours (not a plug – trust me) will know this 🙂

Spitfire3 12:48 pm 18 Dec 06

Wikipedia rox. And it seems we’ve got an awesome-looking river styx boathouse.

Who could ask for more?

Thumper 10:31 am 18 Dec 06

From Wikipedia

Rookwood Cemetery (officially named The Necropolis and named when it opened as The Necropolis, Haslams Creek.) is the largest multicultural necropolis in the Southern Hemisphere, close to Lidcombe Station in Sydney, Australia, about 15 kilometres west of the Sydney City central business district.

The first burial took place in 1867, following the closure of the Devonshire Street Cemetery, and the Cemetery remains operational. In the past the Cemetery was served by a branch railway line with 4 separate Mortuary Stations. Regular bus services within the Cemetery have replaced the line. Rookwood Cemetery is one of the best and largest surviving examples of a Victorian cemetery in the world.

The name Rookwood came some 20 years after the establishment of the necropolis, it was a means to differentiate the local village of Haslams Creek from the association of the burial ground, the village changed its name to Rookwood, and naturally the cemetery was soon known as Rookwood, the village changed its name again in the early 20th Century to “Lidcombe” (a combination of two Mayors names, Lidbury and Larcombe – Larcombe was also a Monumental Stone Mason). The cemetery retained the name Rookwood.

Rookwood is most likely an accidental or deliberate corruption of the name Brookwood Cemetery and its associated railway station. At the time of Rookwood’s opening Brookwood Cemetery, located in Brookwood, Surrey, England, was one of the largest cemeteries in the world. It is less likely, however far more romantic that, as claimed by some sources, Rookwood was named after William Harrison Ainsworth’s novel Rookwood, written in 1834.

The building which served as a railway station for Rookwood Cemetery between 1867 and 1948 was moved to Canberra in 1957 and became the All Saints Church, Canberra.

RandomGit 10:19 am 18 Dec 06

For the soup Kitchens?

Thumper 10:19 am 18 Dec 06

To the grave sites. Rookwood cemetary is enormous. Seriously enormous. If you google earth it you will see the huge expanse it takes up.

BTW, it’s kind of near the Olympic stadium.

Hasdrubahl 10:01 am 18 Dec 06

Why would it transport bodies FROM the cemetary?

Thumper 9:58 am 18 Dec 06

Indeed JB,

When it was at Rookwood it was a train station, well, of sorts. It was used to transport the bodies to and from the cemetary.

andy 9:48 am 18 Dec 06

red filter or similar ?
thats neat.

blingblingbears 9:42 am 18 Dec 06

awesome pic! looks very eerie!

johnboy 9:39 am 18 Dec 06

And i believe the odd design comes from being built to drive trains through (so much for the more civilised bygone days)

Thumper 9:06 am 18 Dec 06

Interesting place. Originally from Rookwood cemetary in Sydney and transported here during the 50s.

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