By Robert Hannan, Glebe Society Bulletin November 2020


To mark the 150th anniversary of the current St John’s Church on the corner of Glebe Point Rd and St Johns Rd an exhibition is to be held at the back of the Church. It will be curated Robert Hannan and Peter Crawshaw who are members of the Glebe Society Heritage Subcommittee.

Rev Mark Wormell of St John’s Church is pleased to host this special exhibition within the Church as part of the celebrations for this important historical milestone.

The exhibition will explore the work of colonial architect Edmund Blacket and his firm’s building works for the Parish over a number of years. Blacket designed an earlier church and rectory (now demolished) as well as other buildings nearby in Glebe including his own house, Bidura, on Glebe Point Rd.

Included in the exhibition will be rarely seen Blacket plans of all the St John’s buildings and photographs from over the years.

The exhibition will be open on:

  • Tuesday 8th December 1pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday to Friday 11am – 4pm
  • Saturday 12th December 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 13th December 1pm – 4pm

The exhibition can also be viewed during the Glebe Society Christmas Gathering.

Any last minute changes in opening hours due to funerals or COVID-19 requirements will be advised here on the website.

Designs for a renovation of St John’s Church, created by the office of Cyril Blacket (Edmund’s son) in around 1910. This proposed design didn’t actually proceed as the one we have now is slightly different. (image: SLNSW Series 02 Part 3: Churches volume1 FL13043846)