History Resource

Interested in the history of St. John’s?

A large collection of documents relating to the early history of St. John’s Church has been digitised by LINC – Tasmania’s government library and archive service, and can be searched online. This includes records of baptisms, marriages and burials.
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A booklet covering the history of St. John’s is available from the church. The following pages also outline our history.

~ St. John’s in the 19th Century      ~ St. John’s in the 20th Century and today

~ Special Features of St. John’s     ~ Clergy of St. John’s

An outline of the history of St. John’s renowned pipe organ

NEW! Memorials and Biographies of St. John’s

This very comprehensive collection (which may take a little longer to load to your browser), outlining memorials in St. John’s Church in the form of plaques, windows, furniture and other items, was compiled by well-known Launceston historian, Jenny Gill.

Various History Snippets

Many of the images in the photo galleries also have interesting historical information in their captions. Click on the first photo in the gallery to bring it up to viewing size. Captions will appear below the photo. Use your arrow keys to go to the next image.

Audio sermons: From the home page of this website, click on Resources and then Sermons to find our collection of recorded sermons, mostly from about 2000 to the present, but a few going earlier. Use the search options at the top of the page, eg Start Date 1980, End Date 1990 (and click on the Filter>> button to apply your search).

Recent acquisitions (and our earliest extant audio recordings):

Concert at St. John’s 1964

Evensong at St. John’s November 1969

Choir Practice and a Presentation at St. John’s Dec. 1969

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols – Christmas 1969

Evensong at St. John’s – Setting: Noble in B Minor – March 1970

Setting of Holy Communion by Darke in F – May 1970

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols – Christmas 1970

During 2017, a sermon series preached by Revd. Ernest Horth in 1984, was also acquired and added to the collection. To hear these, or indeed those of any particular preacher, go to our Sermons Page, use the Preacher dropdown to find the preacher, then click on the Filter button to complete the search.

Other websites:
Ferguson and Urie – Colonial Victoria’s Historic Stained Glass Craftsmen 1853-1899
(and our particular Ferguson and Urie window) –  St John’s Anglican Church, Launceston