St Matthews Anglican New Norfolk
The early Church which was erected in 1823 by
David Lambe in 1823 was used as a schoolhouse and chapel mainly by the Norfolk
Islanders who formed a large part of the congregation.
When Robert Knopwood retired at
He was duly appointed but for some reason had
restrictions applied to his duties, he wasn’t allowed to baptize children or
perform marriage ceremonies.
It was left to The Reverend Hugh Robinson to
perform these duties.
Perhaps one of the most well known marriages
in early colonial times was performed at St. Matthew’s and that was between
Norah Cobben (ex convict) and Jorgen Jorgenson, convict,naval officer, police
superintendent, explorer and self styled King of Iceland.
Today St. Matthew’s with its beautiful
stained glass windows would be one of the most well known churches in the
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