The first St Paul's church was built here in 1850, right on the bend in Sydney Road. The current building shown above dates from about 1897.
I first visited twenty years ago when my oldest son - William and Thomas' Much Older Brother - sang there as a member of the visiting St Patrick's Cathedral Choir.
Later we moved into the parish. William was baptised here in 2005; Thomas in 2006.
Just last Sunday morning, after the service, I carried William up to the bell tower for the first time (small window beneath the shuttered arch windows in the picture) and he watched a bellringer heave the massive rope to ring out Easter Day.
The bell will not ring again soon. Three nights ago, someone set two fires in the church. One succeeded.
Posted by kitchen hand at 2:09 PM