Christ Church and Churchyard on Pinjarra Road is teeming with history!
I'm sure we've all driven past it, but have you ever taken the time to go in? Christ Church, the oldest standing church in Mandurah is located on the corner of Sholl Street and Pinjarra Road, opposite the Mandurah Post Shop.
It was constructed in 1870-1871. The building is Heritage listed and has a small cemetry connected to it which is full of history and beautifully maintained.
Prior to this church being built, services were held in one of Thomas Peel’s huts, known as Peel’s Chapel. When this chapel was destroyed by bush fire in March 1869, church services were held in the home of James Tuckey.
The Anglican Church serves as a reminder of the importance of religion in the community in Mandurah during this time especially during difficult or hard times.
It is also the final burying place of Thomas Peel, George Winjan as well as members of pinoneering families such Sutton and Tuckey who helped make Mandurah what it is today.
Christ Church and it's Churchyard are well worth a look, if you get the chance take a stroll through the grounds and soak up the history of Mandurah.