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AUSTINMER All Saints Anglican Church celebrated a century of Christian worship on Sunday March 14 2004. A Mr E Sweeney of Corrimal completed a small weatherboard chapel at Austinmer in 1904 and in 2004 parishioner Judith Carrick looks at the history of the congregation:
WITH the prosperity of a colliery in 1886 a village grew between the railway station and Lawrence Hargrave Drive known as Austinmer.
Early settlers in the region travelled to Wollongong to attend Sunday worship, either at St Francis Xaviers Roman Catholic Church or St Michael’s Church of England until the Church of England Parish of Bulli was formed in 1881.
The Bulli Parish extended from Corrimal north to Helensburgh and west to Sherbrooke with the Rev H Walker Taylor the first rector.
As early as 1881 some “cottage” services were led by diocesan lay reader…
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