The 100th anniversary of a Perth chapel built during World War One was celebrated with a commemorative service and reception on Friday 22nd December.
All Saints Church in Osborne Park was built in 1917 with the foundation stone laid by prominent Western Australian Sir Edward Albert Stone, a former Lieutenant-Governor, Supreme Court judge, part-time editor of The Western Australian Times and trustee of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia among others.
The church was consecrated by Archbishop Riley on 22nd December and the first baptism held just one day later. Early parishioners came from the land and trades including market gardeners, dairymen, horse drivers, farmers, grocers, blacksmiths, and carpenters.
In 1970, Amana Living’s James Brown Care Centre (then known as James Brown House) was built around the church and dedicated to the memory of the Venerable James Brown, Archdeacon of Perth.
James Brown came to Western Australia from England in 1853 and was appointed Chaplain to the “Fremantle convict establishment”, as it was then known. He was instrumental in promoting education for prisoners. On leaving his position as Chaplain, James was the rector of the parish of York for several years before being appointed as Archdeacon in 1862.
James Brown House was officially opened on December 20th 1970 by the Reverend Canon Lyn Brown and Archbishop Sambell. Originally it consisted of self-care units and a small hospital but has since transformed into a residential care centre for older Western Australians and includes an adjoining day club for people living with dementia.
Amana Living senior chaplain, Deborah Joyce, said: “The All Saints Church chapel has played an integral part in the lives of generations of West Australians. The stained glass windows and commemorative plaques tells their story and records world events of the time.
“We’re proud of the long history and association with All Saints Church and honoured to hold services in the chapel for Amana Living residents and day club clients to this day.”