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St James Anglican Church Dandenong

Architect: Leonard Terry

City of Greater Dandenong | GD05

St James Anglican Church was built in 1864. It is the oldest unmodified building in Dandenong and continues to welcome congregations to services each week. Its significance lies not only with its age but the elegance of an old English-style church. On 5 July 1864, the first foundation stone was laid by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Charles Darling, and was dedicated by Bishop Perry, the first Bishop of Melbourne. In 1886, the church underwent extensions to accommodate the booming parish, and a porch was added in 1953 to commemorate the men and women who served in the Second World War. The organ, which is still operational today, was placed in the church in 1930 having come from St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Ballarat. The English-style gardens surrounding St James were constructed in the late 1970s as a revival of the old churchyard. St James has offered the local Dandenong community a place of worship throughout two world wars and numerous other conflicts, the Great Depression, and the Federation.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am-4pm

  • What's Open: All parts of the building

  • Tour Type: GD05

  • Tour Details: Tours at 11.15am, 12.45pm, 2.15pm, 3.45pm, running for 15minutes, in groups of15

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Place of Worship

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1864

  • Transport: Bus stop: McCrae St/Foster St on route 828, 844, 892, 893.


53 Langhorne Street, Dandenong 3175, VIC


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