Victoria Park: St Peter’s Anglican Church Rev looking forward to marrying same-sex couples in renovated church


Richard Beckett, Rev. Dr Georgie Hawley and Terry Brien. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d475154
Richard Beckett, Rev. Dr Georgie Hawley and Terry Brien. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d475154

WITH her church newly renovated, Reverend Doctor Georgina Hawley cannot wait to marry same-sex couples.

While she is happy St Peter’s Anglican Church in Victoria Park is open after an 18-month renovation, she is eager to see the result of the same sex marriage postal vote.

“I just get so much joy out of marrying people and I think people of the same sex should be able to share that same joy,” she said.

“I don’t think that is asking too much.”

Rev. Dr Hawley said the condition of the church building was poor when she joined seven years ago.

“We had houses and halls on either side of the church that we owned, so I went to the Diocese and pitched the idea of selling those off and renovating the church,” she said.

“With the money we had, we were able to fix up the church; there was problems with concrete cancer, we were able to make the church more accessible with wheelchair access and were able to fix the leaky roof.

“Inside of the church, we removed the pews and replaced them with chairs we could move around, so we could have extra space.

“I’m quite happy with how it’s looking and I’m excited for people to come in and look at it.

“We are holding a soft opening on Friday before a special service on November 12.”

St Peter’s Anglican Church was built in 1935 by architects Herbert Parry and Marshall Clifton and it replaced an earlier timber building constructed in 1895.

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