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“Convict labour creates architectural beauty” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of St Thomas Anglican Church

St Thomas Anglican Church
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Owner description: It is fascinating to visit this historical church built by convicts 1824 - 1828 and gain an appreciation of the culture of the times by taking a guided tour. This church is still a place of worship.
Dorrigo, Australia
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5 reviews
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“Convict labour creates architectural beauty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

We looked in at this gorgeous old building, mainly to see the convict hand-made bricks. We were greeted by a warm and friendly volunteer who knew lots of historical information and generously provided us with a backdrop to how and why the church is currently restored as it is.
We climbed right up several levels and onto the roof of the tower, which provided great views of the town.
Loved the wood panelling, the stone flooring and the general gravitas of the history.
Great spot to visit if you enjoy history and beautiful buildings!

Visited June 2014
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Killcare, Australia
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32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Amazing architecture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

The church looks fairly modern from a distance, but up close the handmade bricks and wonderful cedar woodwork show it is nearly 200 years old and in marvellous condition because of the great renovations that have been done. The climb up the tower is quite an adventure.

Visited May 2014
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Gold Coast, Australia
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49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Lovely church and piece of history built by convicts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Well worth a look in, actually they run tours of the church which unfortunately I didn't get to do, however I did attend a Sunday service which was great.

Visited December 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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123 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Really worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013

It may not have stunning stained glass windows, or soaring cathedral ceilings, but St Thomas has cedar pews for convicts that many other places are unlikely to copy.

An interesting church, it is a different world inside with an elevated pulpit. One can access the organ and choir stalls from a fine staircase, and then a rooftop tower via a set of sturdy ladders. The view of the town and the river alone is worthwhile.

Run by volunteers, it is worth seeking out the times when the church is open for inspection.

Visited December 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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118 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Couldn't get inside on the weekend - doors locked”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Given a lot of tourist traffic is on the weekend, we were dissapointed to only be able to walk around the outside. We were tryinmg to follow up on family history, but could only get to Port Macquarie on the weekend, so I guess St Thomas stays of the itinerary for future visits as well.

Visited October 2013
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