A publication from the NSW Government Architect and the Heritage Council of NSW.
Part of the NSW Heritage Manual. A publication of the NSW Heritage Office.
Camden Council Development Consent for St John's Centre - required adherence to the Conservation Management Plan and Addendum
The Camden Local Area Environment Plan No 46 defines permitted land uses. The plan establishes the Camden Town Centre Heritage Conservation Area and designates the St John's Hill a Heritage item. The St John's Precinct is zoned B2 - local centre, a zoning which lists Residential accommodation as prohibited.
The sons of John Macarthur, James and William and Surveyor General Sir Thomas Mitchell founded the township of Camden with St John the Evangelist’s Church as the jewel in the crown of their design. James and William Macarthur purposely positioned the building on the hill dominating the town and surroundings. They deliberately surrounded the Church with space, the sense of place being as much an essential design element as its iconic spire.
The protection of Camden’s St John’s Anglican Church Precinct is a watershed in the fight to stop inappropriate over-development of this most historic town, the Macarthur region and elsewhere. If we cannot prevent the development of this iconic Precinct, nothing is safe.
Despite an intensive campaign by the St John’s leadership to secure a ‘Yes’ vote to selling a large part of the St John’s Heritage Precinct, only 332 people cast votes. Of these votes, 81% voted ‘Yes’, 269 people.
We know Jesus gave you two commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
The Heritage Council of NSW resolved, at its meeting of 4 October 2017, to give notice of its intention to consider listing St John's Anglican Church Precinct on the State Heritage Register in acknowledgement of its heritage significance to the people of New South Wales.
The community has the opportunity to support the nomination for listing of the St John’s Church Precinct on the State Heritage Register. State listing would give maximum protection to the historic buildings and open space of the Precinct and support applications for restoration grants.
On July 2 2017, there was a public meeting in the St John's church. The meeting was advertised as providing information on the proposed sale, which would fund the building of an additional secondary worship centre. The Macarthur Advertiser organised a 'live stream' of most of the meeting. The URL works mostly, but some have reported issues. (If you have problems you could contact Jess Layt at Fairfax.
The St John's Anglican Church Precinct Conservation Management Plan (CMP) prepared for St John's Camden and lodged with Camden Council as part of the documentation supporting their 2012 Development Application. The St John’s Parish Council (chaired by the Rev Tony Galea) formally accepted the content of the plan and the recommendations.
The parish became concerned about the proposed location of a new building in the church glebe ('horse paddock'). The document was lodged with Camden Council to support their 2012 Development Application. The St John’s Parish Council (chaired by the Rev Tony Galea) formally accepted the content of the plan and the recommendations.
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Concerns of Mark Stanham (a member of the Macarthur family) on the sale at St John's
A map of the Camden Town Centre Heritage Conservation Area extracted from the Local Area Environment Plan with the parts of the precinct for sale marked.
A little known aspect of the proposed sale is a subdivision of the three lots of the precinct. The proposal reduces the curtilage of the Rectory, breaks the historic land bridge between the Church and the Rectory and slices 300 square metres from the Church lot parking. This map shows the new boundaries.
A link to a document from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The document describes the structure of the Anglican Church in Australia.
In December 2009, Bruce Kaye wrote an article discussing the Sydney Anglican Diocese experiences with their trusts and the Global Financial Crisis.
Camden Park, the mansion built from 1831-35 on land first granted to pastoralist John Macarthur in 1805 in the Cowpastures district south-west of Sydney, is one of the most significant, and intact examples of Australian colonial domestic architecture. Recent studies have highlighted Macarthur’s interest in architecture, and discussed the numerous schemes he both considered and seemingly rejected for the estate. These designs, most of which never left the page, survive in a large collection of drawings which are today contained within the Macarthur Papers at the State Library of New South Wales and in the archives at Camden Park itself.
The full design history of Camden Park is a complex sequence of commissions and abandoned designs, subject to the changing fortunes, resources and politics both of the Macarthur family and wider colony and, ultimately, to the fluctuating physical and mental health of John Macarthur himself. Through an analysis of the plans, this research establishes a design sequence that links the series of unbuilt schemes for houses at Camden, Parramatta and Pyrmont by Henry Kitchen and Henry Cooper, James Smith and John Verge, the cottages ornée Belgenny and Hambledon, and the design of Elizabeth Farm at Parramatta, to the final neo-Palladian house that we see today. In doing so it demonstrates that Verge’s realised scheme was the final stage of a continual design process that had begun many years earlier, where the fundamental spatial concepts of the final design was ever-present, and which was driven by Macarthur.
This dissertation also presents a diagnosis of Macarthur’s mental and physical state, and biographical studies of the ill-fated architect Henry Kitchen and his eventual successor in Macarthur’s employ, Henry Cooper. In reconstructing each stage of Camden Park's design process, it shows how the psychology, world-view and motivation of a pivotal colonial figure were to give a distinct form to the house he deemed worthy of his family and above all for his wife, Elizabeth.
Ordinance documents as passed by the Standing Committee of the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney in May 2017. It is not identical to the documents displayed in St John's and contains a requirement of a minimum price of $6 million.
Ordinance documents as displayed in St John's Church during November/December 2016.
The text of a presentation on the Ordinance documents distributed to congregation in late November 2016.
In their 7 October 2018 Newsletter, St John's announced the voting results.
In their 19 November 2017 Newsletter, St John's announced the Glebe was donated by the Macarthur Family and not purchased. The Macarthur Family associated a Declaration of Trust with their gift. The Declaration of Trust does not permit a sale of the land.
Address for SHR submission and timetable for review of building design in November 2017 - no review as at 16/8/2019.
Plans for review of building plans and call to prayer about (oppose) the State Heritage Register Listing of the Precinct.
In their 23 July 2017 Newsletter, St John's published 10 Summary points on the Church and Community Meetings.
Pastor's Desk - Reverend Galea's announcement of the proposed sale in the St John's News Sheet, 4 December 2016.
On July 2 2017, there was a public meeting in the St John's church. The meeting was advertised as providing information on the proposed sale, which would fund the building of an additional secondary worship centre. Before the meeting, CRAG prepared a list of questions for the St John's. Some seem to give the St John's congregation cause for thought.
When the Glebe was gifted by the Macarthur family to St John's a Declaration of Trust was associated with the transfer. This link takes you to a typed copy of the trust (the original is water damaged and difficult to read).
When the Church lot was gifted by the Macarthur family to St John's conditions were placed on the Feoffment. This link takes you to a typed copy of the particulars.