St John's Church Hall and Rectory

St John's Church Hall and Rectory

The present priory/rectory was the fourth building to serve the incumbent of “St. John’s in the Wilderness”.

The parish of St John’s was formally initiated with the laying of the foundation stone on October 19, 1839. The parsonage, built in 1883, is associated with this original church. It was used by the Reverend F. Slaney Poole, who began building the hall, the parsonage and the new church (1887).

The rectory replaced one built in 1868 facing East Terrace, which was sold. Architect Frank H. Carter designed the present building.

It is a typical substantial two-storey Victorian house, with a cast-iron enriched verandah/balcony spanning the main facade. It is largely original. The court-like enclave formed by St John’s church, the hall and the rectory is a notable feature of the south-eastern corner of the city.

The Sunday School Hall was built in 1880 by John Wark to the design of Daniel Garlick as part of the pastoral work of the St John’s church.

The style is recalls the basilica form commonly used in this type of building. It is characterised by semi-circular headed openings, a steep roof, raised gable ends, and quality brick dressings. The construction is high quality, with bluestone rubble walls and coping ends of bush hammered sandstone. The side “aisles” or wings were added in 1908, and there is also a brick extension, a carport and a walkway link with the church. In 1984 an extra floor was added.

The additions are generally sympathetic and the hall complements the other church buildings on the site.


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The buildings are historically significant, as they, together with the church, form a notable complex.

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Images of St John's Church Hall and Rectory

  • St John's Priory, 2014
Daniel Garlick
John Wark
Building materials
Brick, Stone, Bluestone
Architectural styles
2 Victorian Period (c. 1840–c. 1890), 2.9 Italianate
1880 -  

Additional Works


Construction commenced
Construction completed
Architecture and design features
Daniel Garlick, basilican, quoins, arch
Engineering features
South East Corner
Council Ward
Alternative Addresses
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
Anglican Church
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Religious, Meeting place
AS2482 classification
15500 - Religious Building
Public Access
Opening hours only
State Heritage ID
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
Certificate of Title No.
CT 5845/619 F182303 A651
NTSA file exists
Heritage Status
State Heritage listed
State heritage listing
State Heritage listed
Date of State heritage listing
Local heritage listing
Date of Local heritage listing
NTSA listing
NTSA registered
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
Risk status
Historic Themes
3.1 Economic Cycles
3.1.5 Farming Boom
6.3 Worshipping
6.3.1 Places of worship/Churches
Sunday School
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies


  • ACA, Digest of Proceedings, 13
  • November 1882, Smith Survey
  • 1880; Adelaide Church
  • Guardian, May 1919, 1
  • December 1944; Church News,
  • 17 January 1896, 24 January
  • 1896; Glover, C.R.J., A brief history of the Church of St John the Evangelist, 1839-1909,
  • 1911; Jackman Gooden Architects, Historical architectural plans; Jose, G.H., The Church of England in South Australia, Vol. 1, 1937, p. 13;
  • MLSA, Historical photographs (CD Ref 1347/63)
  • (Town Acre 81, 582), Newspaper cuttings book, Vol. 1, pp. 20-1, 23-4, 25-9, 43-5; Register,
  • 6 October 1923, 20 November 1926; South Australian Register, 17 October 1882, 9 January
  • 1888, 1 January 1896, 6 October 1923, 20 November 1926.

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