Centenary celebration for Anglican services in Maroochydore

THE first Anglican services in the Maroochydore area were held around 1915 in private homes or in Brighton Guest House at Picnic Point.

After a while Tommie O'Connor allowed services to be held in his old hall at Picnic Point and when he built the first Star Theatre, a huge galvanised and tea-tree shed, services were held there.

The town was mainly tea-tree swamp with a small number of buildings along the waterfront.

People from inland towns came here for holidays.

Some had holiday houses, some shacks and some camped.

There was no church, no school, no doctor and no need for a policeman.

The roads went from bad to terrible and people came on horseback or a horse drawn vehicle to Rafting Grounds on Eudlo Creek.

Another form of transport was the cane train to Deepwater on Petrie Creek and then by boat to Maroochydore.

In response to numerous requests, the Rev Baker from Nambour came to give the occasional service during the holidays.

The church minutes of the day are sprinkled with many derogatory mentions of the church horse which was according to the minister a very unsatisfactory animal.

Thomas (Tommie) O'Connor owned most of the land from Mooloolaba to Scotswald Corner.

He had purchased it for 2/6 (25 cents) an acre.

In 1925, he told the Anglican people in Maroochydore that when subdividing the land he would give the corner block to them for a church on the condition the people got together and built one.

The land was mainly swamp with most of the block covered in shoulder high rushes. Only one corner was dry.

When we look at Maroochydore now it is hard to imagine it being swamp although not being able to get through to Maroochydore from Nambour because Eudlo Flats was flooded is something that most of us have experienced in recent times.

The history of the Anglican Church in Maroochydore over the past 100 years is fascinating.

The church still stands on the same block that was given by Mr O'Connor all those years ago.

Everyone is welcome to attend the events planned to celebrate the centenary and the 90th anniversary of the dedication of the first St Peter's Church.

St Peter's Church services and events

  • 7am and 9am on Sundays and 9.30 am on Wednesday, mainly Music for Mums and pre schoolers Monday and Tuesday at 9.30 am, Community Meal for those in need Wednesday 6 pm, Mission group Thursday 9.30am, Craft and Fellowship group Friday 9.30am.
  • We have services at several retirement and nursing homes.
  • These are some of the things that happen regularly at St Peter's. Info on 5443 2133.

Your history

  • If you have any any family stories of early days on the Sunshine Coast, we would love to hear from you.
  • Please send no more than 350 words with one or two photos in jpg format to: editor@seniorsnewspaper.com.au - regards Gail.
An inviation to the opening and dedication ceremony of the new church in 1925.
An inviation to the opening and dedication ceremony of the new church in 1925.

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