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History of St Silas, Albert Park

St Silas' Parish Church has served the people of Albert Park since 1879.

The first church was a wooden structure, which stood on the corner of Bridport and Ferrars Streets.
After almost 50 years it was decided to build the present church, designed by Louis Williams and this impressive structure has enhanced the top of the Albert Park shopping center since the late 1920's.  It remained unfinished until 1965, when a mezzanine floor was installed and the church moved upstairs, with the hall beneath.

St Anselm's really started in 1891 when the first priest was licensed as the incumbent of Middle Park, a parish with "neither church, not congregation, nor parsonage, nor income."  A wooden church was built and dedicated on 8th October of the same year. The chief corner stone for the new brick church was laid on 11th March 1919 and the church was dedicated on July 12th.

In the year 2001, with the closure of St Anselm's and the amalgamation of the two parishes the interior of St Silas' church was greatly enhanced and beautified by the addition of much of the beauty that made St Anselm's such a special place of worship.

The statue of St Anselm was hung at the entrance to the sanctuary and a new statue of St Silas was carved to hang on the pillar opposite.

The following images were taken by Emma Savage

North exterior from Bridport Street
North exterior from Bridport Street
Interior view towards Sanctuary and Lady Chapel
Interior view towards Sanctuary and Lady Chapel
High Altar reredos
High Altar reredos
Panels from reredos
Annunciation
Annunciation
Madonna & Child
Madonna & Child
Crucifixion
Crucifixion
Last Supper
Last Supper
Ascension
Ascension
Pentecost
Pentecost
Statue of St Silas
Statue of St Silas
Statue of St Anselm
Statue of St Anselm
Image of St Silas from banner
Image of St Silas from banner
Banner for St Silas
Banner for St Silas
Banner for St Anselm
Banner for St Anselm
Font
Font
Lectern
Lectern
Statue Madonna & Child
Statue Madonna & Child
Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
Stained glass primarily from St. Anselm's Church.
Nativity window dedicated to Tim & Mary Luker
Nativity window dedicated to Tim & Mary Luker
St Francis with Australian fauna dedicated to Ethel Comer 1979
St Francis with Australian fauna dedicated to Ethel Comer 1979
South window
South window
St Columba
St Columba
St Augustine
St Augustine

The window to St Columba is dedicated to Edward Drinkall Heather 1848 - 1935 and Phoebe Sophia Heather 1862 - 1938.
The window to St Augustine is dedicated to Robert John Mills 1862 - 1912.

St Anselm Archbishop of canterbury 1095 - 1109
St Anselm Archbishop of canterbury 1095 - 1109
In memory of Maude Elizabeth Comer 1952
In memory of Maude Elizabeth Comer 1952
Resurrection window
Resurrection window
In Grateful Memory of those who died in the War 1914 - 1918
In Grateful Memory of those who died in the War 1914 - 1918
Dorcas - Full of good works
Dorcas - Full of good works
To the Glory of God. In loving memory of our mother Grace Thomas 1891 - 1941. Pioneer parishioner of St Anselm's 1891 1941. Gift of her family.
To the Glory of God. In loving memory of our mother Grace Thomas 1891 - 1941. Pioneer parishioner of St Anselm's 1891 1941. Gift of her family.
The Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan
In Loving Memory of Frank Edwin Jones 1870 - 1940
In Loving Memory of Frank Edwin Jones 1870 - 1940
Annunciation window
Annunciation window
Angel Gabriel
Angel Gabriel
BVM
BVM
This pair of windows which depicts the Annunciation are situated in the Lady Chapel. 
Hail Mary
Hail Mary
Full of Grace
Full of Grace
Ascension & Crucifixion
Ascension & Crucifixion
Ascension & Crucifixion
Ascension & Crucifixion

The Ascension window has the dedication - In loving memory of Cedric Ernest Howell DSO MC DFC Captain RAF Killed near Corfu whilst flying to Australia Dec 1919 aged 22 years. A Member of this Church.
The Crucifixion window has the dedication - To the Glory of God and in loving memory of the very Rev Charles John Godby vicar of Melbourne died August 1919. Erected by his wife 1922.

Sanctuary window depicting S Peter & S John
Sanctuary window depicting S Peter & S John
East rose window depicting Christ the King
East rose window depicting Christ the King
Memorial to Leonard Richard LLoyd
Memorial to Leonard Richard LLoyd
Modern west window in memory of Phyllis Ada May Paddle 1961
Modern west window in memory of Phyllis Ada May Paddle 1961
Window in the west entry stairwell.
Window in the west entry stairwell.
In memory of the Hiscock family and of George and Daisy Williams. These windows are made from glass that formed the window over the High Altar in the original wooden church of St Silas Albert Park that stood on the site of the present church. The windows were installed in 2003.
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