The towering cathedral in Newcastle, NSW
This is the Christ Church Cathedral in Newcastle, New South Wales. I took this photo when we had a trip to the city two years ago. I only had a couple of shots of the cathedral because I run out of battery (compact camera, my very first) as I was snapping the inside of the cathedral, I didn’t bring any back up at all.
The cathedral is huge, and is very large by Australian standards. It is 72.5 metres long, 26.5 metres wide, 36.5 metres high and contains 160 windows, 72 of which are filled with stained glass. In relation to the City, the tower stands 77.5 metres above sea level and 38.5 metres above the ground. From this elevation, the Church dominates the City and is clearly seen by day and when floodlit by night, from much of the City.
By the way, Newcastle is 162 kilometres (101 mi) NNE of Sydney and is famous for its coal, is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world, exporting over 97 Mt of coal in 2009–10 with plans to expand annual capacity to 180 Mt by 2013.
Just click the link above if you wish to know more about the cathedral’s rich history and diocese as well as its importance to the city of Newcastle.
The church in the middle of a graveyard.
This is St Matthew’s Church of England located in Winsor, New South Wales.
That was my first time to visit a church amidst a graveyard and was even used during the 1800s. At the graveyard, tombs were those of some young and old people and by going through each tomb a pattern of life during those times is being revealed, a history preserved right close and at the backyard of their church.
The church has a simple interior decoration as shown on its ceiling, yet the church is an everlasting glorious, spacious and a solemn place of worship with a simple altar and pulpit. You can view more photos of the church in my photo gallery at the sidebar.
According to historical records of Winsor, St. Matthew’s Church was the masterpiece of the convict architect Francis Greenway, who was retained by Governor Macquarie to rectify the poor standard of building in the colony and is one of only two Hawkesbury designed by him, the other being the Windsor Court House. The church which was built on a site selected specifically for that purpose under Governor Macquarie’s direction is one of the most beautiful buildings in Australia. The corner stone was laid by Governor Macquarie in October 1817. The church was consecrated in December 1822 with Samuel Marsden conducting the opening service. Predating the church is the Macquarie graveyard. Enterprising ex-convict, Andrew Thompson, was the first burial in 1810 and the stone covering his grave (to the north-east of the church), was commissioned by Macquarie and is well worth seeking out.