Tuross Head Spirituality



St Andrews Church

10 Craddock Road, Tuross Head


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The War Memorial Church of St Andrew at Tuross Head (source)

Consecrated 11th February 1973

Anglican services in Tuross Head were held in the Progress Hall for many years, then transferred to St David's Presbyterian Church where they were held until St Andrew's was built in 1972 - 3. Mr Eric Ryall, of Tuross Head, had given a block of land in Craddock Road and in his will he bequeathed $2000 and a pedal organ for the church.

A Ladies Guild was formed and fund-raising functions were organised, and donations were given by the members of the congregation and visiting friends. The church building was begun in 1972 and completed in January 1973 at a cost of $7,089. The first service was held in the church on 26th January. As the building was free of debt, the Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, the Rt Revd C A Warren, consecrated the church on Sunday 11th February 1973.

Pews came from the old Nerigundah church and were restored by Canon C Luders assisted by the wardens, A. Aycliffe, J McCoy and E. Horne and the Rev Charles Weeler

Altar rails also came from Nerigundah. The pulpit, made by the husband of Mrs Jessie Miller, was given by her in memory of her husband. Altar, lectern and prayer desk were from St Matthew’s, Milperra, via Mrs Noel Phillips. They had been stored at the home of Mrs Betty Turner and she had begun renovation. The organ was also stored there.

Mr and Mrs Noel Phillips gave two sets of burse and veil. Ladies’ Guild gave another set and book marks for all seasons of the church. The altar cloth and the credence table cloth were made and given by Mrs Muriel Luders. The brass cross was given by Mr and Mrs Noel Phillips to St Luke’s, East Hills, then presented to St Andrew’s. Mr Arthur Marshall made the hymn board from a leaf of his dining-room table. Mr McDonald of Sydney, gave the font pedestal via Mr and Mrs E Horne. The bowl on top was made from the blade of a propeller and donated by Mrs M Cox who also gave the lectern bible. The candlesticks were made by Canon Luders from camphor laurel timber from Bodalla. Ladies’ Guild provided hymn and prayer books.

In 1978 an electronic organ replaced the reed organ which would have been too costly to repair. Mrs M McCoy gave new altar rails in memory of her husband, John, a foundation warden. Mr and Mrs Bob Audler donated the timber and the rails were made and installed by Mr Charlie Facer at no cost. In 1982 kneelers were donated by Mr and Mrs Bob Holden in memory of Mr Holden’s mother of Parramatta, a frequent worshipper at St Andrew’s. The kneelers were made and installed by Mr Lance Bingham.

By 1986 the church was found to be too small for the number of worshippers and was extended in the following year. A vestry was included. The money was raised by functions and donations. The original chalice and patten were given by Mr and Mrs Arthur Ayliffe in memory of Mr Ayliffe’s parents. A second set was given by Sir James and Lady Willis in memory of Mrs Mary Cox, organist for many years. Mrs Hilda Horne donated the brass candlesticks in memory of her husband, Ted, a foundation warden of St Andrew’s.

More pews were installed in the church extension. They came from Nelligen and were renovated by Sir James Willis. Extra hymn and prayer books were given by the Ladies’ Guild and members of the congregation as memorials.

For a number of years, including during the building of the church, Tuross Head was ‘temporarily transferred to the parish of Bodalla for working purposes’. With the creation of the new parish of Batemans Bay, Tuross Head was returned to the parish of Moruya in January 1982.

In 1988 it was again necessary to enlarge the church. This was done in early 1988 by extending the sanctuary end and doubling the size of the church. Again this was done completely free of debt, thanks to donations from members of St Andrew’s congregation, St Andrew’s Ladies’ Guild and visiting friends.

The next project was the provision of a much-needed sink and plumbing in the vestry. Then some time later cupboards and a wardrobe were installed.

The vision and dedicated giving, both money and labour, of so many church members and friends over the years is represented in the building and fittings we have today. It is a continuing process. There is still much to be done and, as always, with God’s help it will be done. We have been extremely blessed in all our efforts and are very proud of our dear church. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and generosity.

In recent years the Ayliffe family donated a prayer book for the altar in memory of their mother, Evelyn and a sanctuary lamp in memory of Arthur Joseph Aycliffe. Hilda Horne’s grand-daughter, Amanda, had one of the altar candlesticks engraved in memory of her grandmother and also donated a new pew.. A ramp was built at the entrance to the church for easier access. Another new pew was purchased from donations by members of the congregation in memory of loved ones. Skylights were provided by the Ladies’ Guild and also new blinds for the windows behind the altar. Graham Jackson made a second prayer desk to match the original, dedicated in 1996.

Recently a retractable screen has been installed to allow the use of a digital projector during services. Also a piano has been donated by Sheila and Beattie Monahan.

Much of this history was compiled by Mrs Hilda Horne, a foundation member of St Andrew’s and an untiring worker for the church over several decades.


The Parish Church of St John in Moruya
Page Street, Moruya 02 4474 0300

Since 1862 there have been two St John's churches in the present grounds. The first was a wooden structure, used as both a church and a church school. By 1886 it had become no longer serviceable and, in 1890, work began on a new brick and stone building alongside the old one.

The new church was designed by Arthur Blackett, son of the well-known architect Edmund Blackett. He was very particular about the
appearance of the church, particularly in relation to the shape of the roof and the buttresses. His original plan included a cot for one or two bells and an organ chamber, both of which he agreed to omit because of financial constraints.

The granite foundation stone on the north-east corner was obtained from the quarry at Pompey Point and laid by Mrs Emilie Mort on 29th October 1890.

Building was completed in April 1891 and the church was opened free of debt. It was dedicated to divine worship on 5th April 1891 and consecrated on 26th April 1893

It a registered "heritage" building.

Sacred Heart Parish - Moruya

(which includes Broulee Moruya, Tuross Head and Bodalla)

Weekly Mass at The Pines

8am Sunday - contact Presbytery Moruya 44742024



Sacred Heart Moruya

36 Queen Street, Moruya NSW, 2537

While there are many similarities in Catholic parishes, Sacred Heart Moruya prides itself on being just that little bit different.

The church was built of local granite from a quarry that in later years would supply stone for the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The cornerstone was placed on 21st August 1887 as part of the foundation ceremony for the church. Immediately below the cornerstone is a brass plaque which was placed on 3rd October 1987 to celebrate the church's centenary.




St Davids Church

Cnr Hector McWilliam Drive and Drake Street, Tuross Head;

Hours of Service: Sunday Service 8:00am

Minister - The Manse 44742186

or contact Session Clerk 44742186


According to historical records, this Church was actually
built in 1869 at Nerrigundah i.e one year after the government had laid out the town site of Nerrigundah
in response to the influx of the gold rush population.

In 1953 it was taken down and re-erected on its present site on Hector McWilliam Drive in Tuross by Athol Hawdon and his workforce. Using local rebuilding skills and techniques, all of the sound material of the old Church was used and the outside weatherboards were reversed (turned inside out) when the Church was re-erected.

So historic St.David's Church has served the Presbyterian community of two townships for nearly one hundred and forty years. Its architectural style is described as "Victorian Gothic Carpenter" and it is listed on the Shire's Heritage Register.

The adjoining Church Hall was completed in just over eight months, constructed mostly by voluntary labour and officially opened on 1st March 1997. The hall was named the "Athol Hawdon Memorial Hall" to commemorate the life of Athol who was for over forty years the Session Clerk of the Parish of Moruya/Narooma which includes the Tuross congregation. (compiled by Helen Townend )


Bodalla All Saints Church

Planning a wedding or service at Bodalla All Saints?

We trust that you will find all the info you need here.
Please contact the Reverend Carol Wagner on 02 4476 3049 or 0427 267 242 if you have any enquiries


Tuross residents also attend:

The Spiritualist Centre at Tomakin

Founded in 1993, this Spiritualist Centre has services on 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2pm till 3.30, usually with a medium.

They also run development groups in Moruya, and workshops with high-profile visiting mediums. For more information, phone Diane 4474 3075, or Kathy 4471 7348.

Cnr. George Bass Rd & Ainslie Pde
P O Box 836


Astrology & Flower Essences:
Stellamaris 4473 6186


Tuross Head Community Services