Monday, July 25, 2016

St Matthews Anglican Church, Windsor - Bicentenary Celebrations

I have been asked to publish this notice. I am  pleased to do so as I have ancestors interred at St Matthews.


In October 2017, St Matthews Anglican Church, Windsor, will be celebrating the bicentenary of the laying of the foundation stone by Governor Lachlan Macquarie on 11 October 1817.
St Matthews and its associated graveyard are historically significant to the state of NSW and to the Hawkesbury area.  The church has been the centre of spiritual life in the district since it was consecrated by the Reverend Samuel Marsden in 1822, with many families marking marriages, baptisms and deaths over several generations.
The cemetery at St Matthews has been in use since former convict, later appointed Chief Constable and magistrate, Andrew Thompson, was buried there in 1810.  There are a number of First Fleeter grave sites and twelve of those are marked with plaques from the Fellowship of First Fleeters.  These grave sites are:
Name                                                    Status                                   Ship                       Died
ARNDELL, Thomas                           Assistant Surgeon            Friendship           1821
BARNETT, Daniel                              Convict                                 Friendship           1825
CROSS, John                                       Convict                                 Alexander           1824
CUSLEY, Benjamin                           Marine Private                  Friendship           1845
DALTON, Elizabeth (Arndell)       Convict                                 Lady Penrhyn    1843
also (Burley / Burleigh)
FORRESTER, Robert                         Convict                                 Scarborough      1827
GREEN, Ann (Bladdey / Bladdy) Convict                                 Lady Penhryn    1820
HOLMES, Susannah (Kable)         Convict                                 Charlotte             1825
KABLE / CABELL, Henry                  Convict                                 Friendship           1846
MARROTT / MERRITT, John         Convict                                 Alexander           1812
MILES / Moyle, Edward                 Convict                                 Scarborough      1838
ROBERTS, William                             Convict                                 Scarborough      1820
During the lead up to the bicentenary, family societies and descendants of those who have current or former connections with the church are invited to celebrate their association with St Matthews by holding reunions, commemorative services or family get – togethers at the Church.  Interested individuals, family groups or associations are invited to join the mailing list to be kept informed of events leading up to the bicentenary.
A commemorative service will be held on Sunday 8 October 2017.  A community and schools service will be held on Wednesday 11 October 2017.  Several concerts will also be held in the church. As well as open days for the whole of the church precinct ie, church, graveyard, stables and rectory.
If you would like to be kept informed email

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