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St Ann's Anglican Church, Aldinga

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by Bowen Bowie-Woodham (subscribe)
I write, read, travel, garden, renovate, work, drink coffee - all the usual things. My lovely partner often accompanies me, and of course my constant companions, two feisty terriers, are never far from my side. We live in and enjoy South Australia.
Published March 16th 2017
Visit St Ann's for a slice of history
If history is your thing drop by the lovely stone church of St Ann, Stonehouse Lane, just off South Road, near the turn off for Aldinga township. St Ann's Anglican church, Aldinga, was built in 1866. The spire was added in 1911, in keeping with the Gothic architecture of the original building. A gorgeous stone parish church, St Ann's is still in regular use for Sunday Mass at 9:00am.

St Ann's Anglican Church, Aldinga, South Australia, historic church
St Ann's Anglican Church, Aldinga


Or drop in and share coffee on a Thursday morning!

St Ann's Anglican Church, Aldinga, South Australia, historic church
St Ann's Anglican Church, Aldinga


A walk among the headstones and simple grave markers tells the stories of local lives and losses.

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Simple crosses, St Ann's Anglican Church cemetery


Interestingly we see some markers facing west, when traditionally only the Priest would be orientated to face west with the belief that he is thus positioned to lead his congregation. The congregation, however, are traditionally oriented to face east, to greet the coming of Christ. There is a priest in this small cemetery who is oriented to face west. The majority of other graves are orientated to face east.

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Headstones, St Ann's Anglican Church


St Ann's Anglican church and cemetery remains in the hearts of the congregation even today. Many of the headstones are recent, telling of recent tragic losses. There is much personal artwork adorning the graves in this little cemetery.

St Ann's Anglican Church, Aldinga, South Australia, historic church, cemetery, gravestone, headstone, tombstone
Michael Jay Johns, aged 5


St Ann's Anglican Church, Aldinga, South Australia, historic church, cemetery, gravestone, headstone, tombstone
Sally Ann Drage's final resting place


St Ann's Anglican Church, Aldinga, South Australia, historic church, cemetery, gravestone, headstone, tombstone
Liam Mann, -1 day


St Ann's Anglican Church, Aldinga, South Australia, historic church, cemetery, gravestone, headstone, tombstone
Sarah Tress Giumelli, 8 days old


St Ann's Anglican Church, Aldinga, South Australia, historic church, cemetery, gravestone, headstone, tombstone, grave markers
St Ann's Cemetery rememberance markers
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Why? walk through history
When: year round
Where: Aldinga, South Australia
Cost: free
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