EBENEZER CHURCH HERITAGE DAY
This is a day to learn of the fascinating story of Australia’s oldest church, Ebenezer Church. Do you know about the eight families who arrived together in 1802 on the ship 'The Coromandel' and settled with seven other families on the Hawkesbury River at Ebenezer, becoming successful farmers and building the church in 1809?
At 10.00am enjoy a talk in the church.
10.45am visitors will be served a delicious morning tea (Ebenezer’s popular Devonshire Teas).
11.15am to 12 noon: Walks-and-talks through the church grounds and colonial graveyard. You will hear about the pioneers who built the church, people such as:
Andrew Johnston, the architect and builder of the church;
John Grono who was a ship-builder, sea captain, explorer, sealer and farmer;
John Turnbull, a loyal supporter of Governor William Bligh;
George Hall, a pioneer who expanded his properties so rapidly that he was accused of ‘over-Halling the colony’.
12.00: Lunch break. Please bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy overlooking the Hawkesbury River.
1.00pm: A short walk to the Historic Tree, the quarry from which the stone was cut to build the church, the historic riverside beach … and, for the more energetic, a short walk to a lookout from where you can view two reaches of the river.