St John’s Church Precinct Sale: community alert

The State Heritage Register (SHR) Committee of the NSW Heritage Council resolved on 4 October 2017 to give notice of its intention to consider listing St John’s Anglican Church Precinct on the SHR with a curtilage that incorporates its three land titles.

A period of advertising calling for public submissions on the proposed listing will  commence on the 11 October 2017 and close on the 8 November 2017.

Please express your support for the listing by emailing the NSW Heritage Council at or writing to

Locked Bag 5020, PARRAMATTA NSW 2124

As shown in the listing process below it is the referral to Minister Gabrielle Upton and her sign off that is critical.

    • Investigation of Heritage Significance; DONE
    • Presentation of the item as a Draft Nomination to the SHR Committee of the NSW Heritage Council for their consideration; DONE
    • Consultation with all major stakeholders; DONE
    • Presentation of the item as a Notice of Intention to Consider Listing report to the SHR Committee; DONE
    • Notification of all major stakeholders and public advertising; commencing 11 October 2017, CLOSING 8 November 2017
    • Presentation of the item to the Heritage Council as part of a Recommendation to List report;
    • Referral to and approval by the Minister;
    • Notification of all major stakeholders;
    • Announcement in the NSW Government Gazette .

Now is the time to ALSO contact the Minister to express your support for the State listing 


or through

For Minister Upton’s full contact details see   

Heritage Council’s assessment of St John’s Precinct: St John’s Anglican Church Precinct is potentially  of state heritage significance  as a group of ecclesiastical buildings set in a beautiful landscape setting comprised of mature and exotic tree plantings  and open  grassed  slopes.  The  precinct’s  centre  and focal  point  is St John’s the Evangelist  Anglican  Church  which  may  be of state heritage  significance  as the first Gothic Revival church constructed in NSW that was correct in its medieval detail (‘archaeologically correct’).  This  status,  along  with  its strong  connection  to the  1836  Church  Act, potentially renders it an important early forerunner of the Gothic Revival movement which was to dominate ecclesiastical  architecture  in the Colony throughout the remainder  of the nineteenth century. The church, and especially its tower and spire, may be aesthetically significant to NSW as part of the regional landscape  created by the Macarthur family. St John’s as an important regional landmark  is a significant  element  in the picturesque  landscape  planning  used to create the Camden  Park Estate, the seat of the Macarthur  family. As part of a triumvirate  of significant points in the landscape,  along with Camden Park House and the township of Camden,  it also expresses  the power structures  the Macarthur family wished to instil in the local community they were creating in the early nineteenth century.

This regional  landscape  design  is potentially  of state  heritage  significance  as an important example of early-mid nineteenth century landscape planning.

The entire  church  precinct may have an important  historical  association  with the Macarthur family of Camden. Each of the precinct allotments was donated to the Anglican Church by the Macarthur’s  and the family funded the construction of most of the buildings and patronised the operation  of the church  throughout  the nineteenth  and early  twentieth  centuries. Prominent family  members  who  have  a  strong  association  with  the  church  precinct  include James Macarthur, Sir William Macarthur, and Elizabeth Macarthur-Onslow.  In this manner, the church precinct  is a memorial  to the  achievements  of the Macarthur  family  in the development  of Camden  and the Colony of NSW. These potential  historical  connections  render  this church precinct as a remarkable,  picturesquely located and historic place of Anglican worship in a state context.

Media: See

Fact Check: See

Community meeting St John’s 11.30 am 2 July 2017

Media Report on community meeting: Jeff McGill 3 July 2017  OPINION | Church attempt to justify land sale falls flat Camden Advertiser

QUESTIONS for Community Meeting re St John’s proposed sale 2 July 2017

CRAG submissions:

CRAG objection sale ordinance St John’s

Follow up CRAG submission sale ordinance St John’s 7 March 2017

The St John’ Church Precinct is of outstanding heritage significance.  Please read the Conservation Management Plan and its Addendum below

CMP and Addendum

The sale ordinance was approved by the Standing Committee on 1 May 2017 and is now with St John’s Parish.


A sale ordinance has been prepared for the Rectory and land between it and St John’s Church. This means that if the ordinance is ratified by the Church, these community icons can be sold at any time to a developer. 

To satisfy the formal requirements set out in the Ordinance you should post your objection to 

Mr Robert Wicks

The Secretary of the Standing Committee, Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney


In advance of the posted copy you can send your submission to

 The objection period closes 17 December 2016 which is a Saturday.  This means that this is of utmost urgency and letters should be posted within the next few days to reach Sydney by Friday 16 December.

For more details read:

Information available at 8 December 2016

St Johns Proposal 041216

St John’s sale ordinance presentation 23112016

Council Watch 7 Dec 2016

Chronicle 8 Dec 2016