St Mark's Church of England & Cemetery - SA

  Cemetery,Grave Site


DEG: -33.921921 138.6418
DMS: 33º 55' 18.91" S 138º 38' 30.48" E
UTM: 54 H 6243997mN 282003mE
Altitude: 471m


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15 Bagshaw Cl
Penwortham SA 5453
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The picturesque Church was built in 1850-52, designed by architect Henry Stuckey and was the~ first Anglican Church
north of Gawler.

Although John Horrocks brought a church bell with him in 1839 and worked hard to establish a churchat Penwortham, he did live to see it built. It is believed that regular Church services had been held, probably in the open air, near to the site of the Church , in the Parsonage area, and tree blazed with a cross. Records date from 1848 but the Church was opened in 1851.

A notable marriage in 1857 was that of the notorious "Bully" Hayes , pirate, murderer, smuggler ,cheat
and bigamist. The Church Cemetery and the Parsonage setting (which Horrocks wished to remain in its natural state) contribute to the significance of this finely crafted, early, Cemetery sandstone Church.

John Ainsworth Horrocks was son of a wealthy English cotton milling family . With finance from his father and accompanied by his brother Eustace , servants, the family butler John Green and some equipment and stock, he arrived in South Australia on 22 March 1839. Horrocks built a homestead "Hope Farm" and by 1842 he owned 1,000 acres of land, his estate flourished and the village of Penwortham was established . On an expedition of exploration north of Spencer Gulf, Horrocks was mortally wounded in a shooting accident, in which his camel (the first to set foot in Australia) was involved .Horrocks died at Penwortham 23 September 1846 and was buried in the public cemetery. Near Horrocks' grave is that of John Green and a number of other early Penwortham settlers.
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Closest Weather Station

Clare at 19/01:30am CST
Distance from St Mark's Church of England & Cemetery 11.91km N
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Closest Climatic Station

Clare High School
Distance from St Mark's Church of England & Cemetery 11.91km N
Mean Max. °C30.329.925.921.617.113.512.814.217.320.424.927.3
Mean Min. °C14.715.
Mean Rain mm18.323.527.332.851.365.766.164.759.150.238.537.4

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