Site of the oldest church in Australia, built in 1808. Hebrew word meaning ‘store of help’.
On the northern shore of the Hawkesbury in Swallow Rock Reach, the site of Australia’s oldest extant church building, completed in 1809 and known then as the Portland Head Presbyterian Church. The Rev. John Dunmore Lang conducted the first communion service in 1824, and wrote: “There were twenty communicants on the occasion; and considering the very peculiar circumstances in which the ordinance was administered, in the little church on the banks of the noble river and on the edges of the interminable Australian forest, after so long an interval from their leaving the mother country … it was the most solemn and interesting service in which I ever engaged.”
A village about 6 km N by E of Pitt Town and 5 km NE of Wilberforce. Boundaries within the Hawkesbury Council area shown on map GNB 3716.
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