The weekend of October 23-24 saw Christ's Church Mandurah celebrate 150 years since it's consecration by the Bishop of Perth, the Rt Rev'd Matthew Blagden Hale on October 25, 1871.
Work on the old part of the church started in May 1870, as a replacement for an earlier church which was destroyed by fire.
A vestry was added in the 1950's and the church was extended further in 1994 with the bell tower and its historic bells, being added in 1998.
The church still maintains much of its historic links to Mandurah and the Peel region.
Its grounds are the resting place of many of the areas pioneering families, with names including Tuckey, Eacott, Sutton, Mewburn and Dalrymple, along with the anchor of the wrecked "James Service".
Church goers still use the hand-crafted pews believed to be the work of an early settler named Joseph Cooper.
During the 1994 extension of the church a time capsule was placed under the vestry to be opened on the church's 150th anniversary.
This took place as part of the church fete on Saturday by the Bishop of Bunbury, the Rt Rev'd Dr Ian Coutts, in the presence of the current priest Fr Ian Mabey, while the Frederick Irwin Anglican School Choir entertained fete goers.
The time capsule held many treasures, including a copy of the Mandurah Mail dated Friday, October 28, 1994 and a large banner proclaiming "Project 94", which of course was the project to extend the church.
Among the more interesting items was a VHS tape, and a container of jarrah wood shavings from the original church building.
One of the last items to be recovered from the capsule was a letter to the congregation written by the then head priest Fr Joe Hopkins.
As it happens Fr Joe, now semi-retired, was helping out at the fete and was on hand to read the letter himself.
The Sunday morning 8am church service saw the blessing of a new time capsule by Bishop Ian, in the presence of Archbishop of Perth, the Rt Rev'd Kay Goldsworthy.
This new capsule will be opened in the year 2071.
Bishop Ian stayed on for the 10am service to carry out baptisms and confirmations.
Christ's Church Mandurah holds regular services every Sunday at 7, 8.15 and 10am.
For more information visit anglicanchurchmandurah.org.au.
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