• Short Summary

    Celebrations were held in Ebenezer today to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the oldest church still in use in Australia.

  • Description

    1.
    ms bell
    2 ft

    2.
    crowd in front of church, over graves
    4 1/2 ft

    3.
    woman beside grave
    7 1/2 ft

    4.
    cu woman beside grave
    9 ft

    5.
    cu gravestone
    11 1/2 ft

    6.
    Re-enactment rowing boat
    14 ft

    7.
    second boat
    17 1/2 ft

    8.
    g.s. boats and spectators
    19 1/2 ft

    9.
    woman being helped ashore
    25 ft

    10.
    man exit with tools
    29 ft

    11.
    f.v. group up river bank
    33 1/2 ft

    12.
    r.v. group up river bank
    35 1/2 ft

    13.
    fowls in cage - pan up to crowd
    38 ft

    14.
    period group
    39 1/2 ft

    15.
    a man with hoe
    41 1/2 ft

    16.
    ls crowd kneeling, bowed heads
    43 1/2 ft

    17.
    os woman
    45 1/2 ft

    18.
    crowd leaving service towards camera
    47 1/2 ft

    19.
    ls tree where first service held
    51 ft

    20.
    cu tablet on tree
    54 ft

    21.
    rv crowd around tree
    56 ft

    22.
    man period costume conducting singing
    58 1/2 ft

    23.
    ls group around tree
    60 1/2 ft

    24.
    spectators
    62 ft

    25.
    rv soldiers move in
    65 ft

    26.
    ms actor (James Mein) preaching
    66 1/2 ft

    27.
    ls gs soldiers point guns
    69 ft

    28.
    cu actor preaching
    71 1/2 ft

    29.
    Captain of guard up to preacher
    74 1/2 ft

    30.
    ca two women
    76 ft

    31.
    preacher's hand shaken by officer
    79 1/2 ft

    32.
    officer shakes hands with woman
    82 1/2 ft

    33.
    ls spectators
    84 ft

    34.
    cu Pastor arrives on horse
    88 1/2 ft

    35.
    Moderator-General Flochart arrives
    92 1/2 ft

    36.
    ms approaching front of church
    97 1/2 ft

    37.
    cs church with crowd
    100 ft



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    Background: Celebrations were held in Ebenezer today to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the oldest church still in use in Australia.

    A big crowd gathered for the ceremony. Among them Mrs. McGowan of Drummoyne, shown here beside the grave of her great grandfather, Captain Grono of the Royal Navy who helped to build the church.

    About fifty people in period costume re-enacted the arrival of the pioneers who arrived one hundred and fifty seven years ago at Portland Head on the banks of the upper Hawkesbury River. They brought with them all their personal belongings including tools and livestock.

    Then a thanksgiving service on the bank of their safe arrival after months of a long and tedious voyage from their homeland. Subsequently this rich agricultural district was regarded as the cradle of the Commonwealth as it was from these rich lands that Australia was really colonised.

    The historic old tree where the community's first elder, James Mein,led them in worship.

    The first service had a rude interruption from the Army. The local guard mistook the meeting as a prelude to an insurrection, and took what they thought were precautionary steps to stop it.

    But the officer or the guard soon took stock of the situation. He recalled his men from breaking up the meeting and the incident ended on friendly note.

    The colourful pageantry ended with the arrival of the Moderator General of Australia the Right Reverand D.J. Flockhart. He then held a brief service inside the church to commemorate the historic occasion, one hundred years of Presbyterian worship in Australia.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE90HUF7UIX7EFPQEMK34AUCHF
    Media URN:
    VLVAE90HUF7UIX7EFPQEMK34AUCHF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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