St. James Church
St. James Church
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Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The area
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Neighborhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • St James • 2 min walk
  • Martin Place • 3 min walk
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
Nov 2022
I was somewhat disconcerted when I arrived to see workmen removing pipework from the church and the main entry barricaded to the public. One of the workmen advised that I could use the side entry. Once inside I discovered that the organ was being dismantled ans a farewell concert of organ music had been held on 30th October. Plenty to interest inside with the stained-glass windows and various memorials and monuments. The church dates to 1819 and was consecrated in 1824. The building is a good example of Georgian architecture with an impressive portico fronting the West Street entry. It unfortunate that the church is surrounded by higher buildings. Worth visiting if in the area for the history and the inscriptions on the many memorials embedded in the walls.
Written December 17, 2022
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
Mar 2021
This is the oldest church in City and has been in continuous use from its consecration from 1824 to now. It was named in honour of St James the great. Francis Greenway the convict architect designed the church. St James Railway station is also named after the church. The church contains a rare collection of 1800's marble memorials, has a painted Children's Chapel and has rare heritage items.
Written April 25, 2021
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia45,371 contributions
Oct 2020
St. James Church is located in a central part of the city of Sydney, amongst legal and commercial buildings. It is a significant part of the city as it is the oldest surviving building in the area, having been built in 1824. It is a lovely church and part of the history of Sydney,and is worth a look if you happen to be passing by.
Written November 17, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,509 contributions
Jul 2022
Built between 1819 and 1824 by convict labour and designed by former-convict-turned-government -architect Francis Greenway, St James’ Anglican Church is Australia s oldest church.
The first service was held on 6th January 1822, when the new colony not yet 50 years old.
If the architecture looks a little unusual that’s because it was originally designed to be a courthouse. Macquarie’s grand plans for an expansive public works programme came a bit unstuck when a London report found that it was all too expensive. Some buildings were cancelled or put on hold and the courthouse was converted to a church. The planned prison underneath the building became the crypt.
The most striking feature is the 52 metre tall copper steeple. However theft was another problem for Macqurie and when the spire was erected in 1824, the copper sheets were stamped with arrows to deter thieves (a constant problem in a penal colony).
St James is still an active church today with regular masses so it is open to the public to walk in.
On Wednesdays there are a free lunchtime concerts (donations accepted), starting around 1pm. I happened to wander past around this time and the doors were open so I took a seat up the back and enjoyed the last part of the concert.
Written April 20, 2023
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Bernadette E
Sydney, Australia153 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Gorgeous little church well worth popping into. If you can manage it, go for evensong or matins and listen to the fabulous organ and the St James Choir.
Written November 2, 2018
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Sylvia S
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
Dec 2012
Best place in Sydney for Lessons and Carols as well as Midnight Mass on Christmas eve. Excellent music in a beautiful Francis Greenaway building
Written January 4, 2013
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Star707
Sydney, Australia610 contributions
This is where you might go for the Anglican version of the Easter overnight vigil, or a funeral, or simply to escape the city buzz. It serves the legal folk and the law and parliament end of town. It is co-located with some of the older parts of Sydney and close to first settlement, and the old Sydney Hospital in Macquarie Street. Interesting architecture.
Written July 11, 2012
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rogerbmoody
brisbane1 contribution
August 2006
St. James Church is an history of Australia From its early settlement to the present day - the architect was Francis Greenway a convict at that time -the foundation stone was laid in 1819 and in 1824 the Church was consecrated by the Rev. Samuel Marsden Senior Chaplain to the Colony . The first memorial in the Church is to Commodore Sir James Brisbane. A relative of the former Governor Sir Thomas Brisbane - the commodore died at Sydney on the 19th. December 1826 while on his way to the South American station. The Brisbane memorial began a tradition whereby St. James came to house tablets to prominent people including explorers - military personel - doctors - and other public figures up to the present day.
Written September 16, 2006
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Passenger269032
Newtown, Australia20 contributions
Apr 2019
A lovely church, not too big where one feels at peace even though it is in the center of a big, busy city. Music is often held there and the sound is beautiful.
Written October 21, 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,910 contributions
Aug 2019
St James , an Anglican Church was built between 1829 and 1824 by convict labor and is one of an impressive array of old buildings in nearby Macquarie Street. It is old and somewhat plain but interesting.
Written August 31, 2019
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