Heritage listing approved for St George Greek Orthodox Church at Rose Bay

·

St George Greek Orthodox Church at Rose Bay in Sydney’s leafy Eastern Suburbs is now officially to be heritage listed after a planning proposal, which was recently endorsed by Woollahra Council’s Environmental Planning Committee following extensive public consultation, was finally approved by the full Council at its meeting held on 12 February.

By 10 votes to 4, Woollahra Councillors overwhelmingly voted to adopt the Planning Proposal to list the St George Greek Orthodox Church and war memorial complex and setting, including interiors and moveable relics at 90-92 Newcastle Street, Rose Bay, as a local heritage item in Schedule 5 and on the Heritage Maps of the Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2014.

st george rose bay heritage listing
Woollahra Council Deputy Mayor, Councillor Sarah Swan, rises to move for adoption of the Planning Proposal (image courtesy of Woollahra Council zoom broadcast)

The motion to adopt the proposal was moved by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Sarah Swan, and seconded by Councillor Susan Wynne (the immediate past Mayor). It received strong cross-party support from some members of the Liberal Party, the Greens, the Residents First group and a local Independent.

The significance of this decision cannot be overstated. The church, which was built in 1962, has played a pivotal role in the lives of the local Greek community as a place of worship and as a war memorial complex.

This means that the church complex, including Orthodox moveable relics, will be registered as a local heritage item on the NSW State Heritage Register.

The church’s statement of heritage significance will officially read:

The St George Greek Orthodox Church and war memorial is of local heritage significance for its historical, associative, aesthetic, social, rarity and representative values. The church reflects the rapid pattern of development of Rose Bay in the post-World War I era and the growing presence of migrant communities that settled in the area during this time. Since its construction and consecration in 1962, the church building has supported the continuity and celebration of Greek customs and traditions in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs for generations of that community. Designed by prominent Inter-War architectural firm Fowell, Mansfield & Maclurcan, the St George Greek Orthodox Church is considered to be a fine and representative example of their ecclesiastical buildings. The church building is an interesting example of a Greek Orthodox War Memorial Church, which combines elements of the Byzantine style typically associated with ANZAC memorials with the traditional Greek Orthodox Church style. As a Greek Orthodox war memorial church, the St George Greek Orthodox Church has significance for its associations with Australia’s defence history, commemorating members of Australia’s Greek community who served and lost their lives in during World War I and World War II, and Australian soldiers who fought in Greece during World War I. There is only one other known example of this type of Greek Orthodox war memorial church remaining in Sydney.

st george rose bay heritage listing1

The Greek Herald actively reported on the church’s heritage journey and is proud to have helped inform the community, with a feature article supporting the heritage listing included in Woollahra Council’s public exhibition and community consultation programs.

The St George Church at Rose Bay is a “magnificent sacred edifice”, to quote Father Militiadis Chryssavgis who conducted the first ever liturgy at the church and went on to serve the parish dutifully for almost fifty years.

It is indeed a heritage worth preserving.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Indian Hellenism: Bactria and the Indo-Greek Kingdom

The Indo-Greek Kingdom is arguably the most fascinating of all the Hellenistic Kingdoms, initially emerging from the Greek-Bactrian Kingdom.

2035: The end of the Greek community of Australia as we know it (Part Three)

In his previous article professor A.Tamis, referred to the consequences that will follow the year 2035 for the Australian diaspora.

An invitation to all: The Antipodean Palette Art Exhibition 2024 and Poetry Afternoon

The Greek Australian Cultural League (GACL) will again proudly present the Antipodean Palette Group Art Exhibition 2024.

Tsipras and Zaev present inaugural Prespa Peace Award

Alexis Tsipras and former North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev presented the inaugural 'Prespa Peace Award' to Matthew Nimetz

Actor Theo James named UNHCR Global Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations refugee agency announced on Monday that British actor Theo James has been appointed as a global goodwill ambassador.

You May Also Like

Greek extravaganza planned for Antipodes Festival as full program is released

The official program has been released for the 2024 Antipodes Festival on Melbourne's iconic Lonsdale Street. Full details here.

Sydney Olympic FC prove too strong for Manly United

Sydney Olympic FC made it two from two with a professional 3-1 victory over Manly United at Cromer Park on Saturday night.

Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney honours Mother’s Day with exclusive event

The Hellenic Lyceum of Sydney held its “Commemoration to Motherhood” luncheon at the Australian Golf Club on Tuesday May 18.