St John’s Church Fundraising Appeal

The Murray community has rallied to save one of Western Australia’s oldest church buildings, St John’s Church in Pinjarra.

$288,000 will see to the conservation of the church, so that the community can once again enjoy this significant amenity.


Built in 1860, St John’s Church is one of the oldest existing church buildings in Western Australia, and an early example of a small rural church designed in a rustic British architectural style.

As one of the oldest structures in Pinjarra, St John’s Church and its churchyard are integral components of Pinjarra’s heritage area which among others includes Edenvale Homestead, the Old Schoolhouse and Teachers Quarters as well as the Exchange and the Premier Hotels. This area contributes considerably towards the community’s social fabric and sense of place.

The church is valued by the community for its associations with the district’s early settler families many of which are buried in the churchyard, along with several of the church rectors.

The church is also valued for its religious use, having had an association with the Anglican Church since 1843.

St John’s Church is listed as an asset of exceptional significance in the Shire’s Local Government Heritage Inventory, is included in the Shire’s Town Planning Scheme Heritage List and is classified by the National Trust of Western Australia.

In addition to its heritage importance, St John’s Church forms part of the Murray River Foreshore boasting a pathway, jetty, lighting, seating and trail signage and has significant community-use potential.

Damage to the church roof is currently threatening the building’s structural integrity and short term works are necessary to repair the damage, prevent further degradation and restore the building to a standard befitting of its significance.

The Shire of Murray has finalised ownership of the church from the Anglican Diocese of Bunbury, to ensure it continues to contribute to Pinjarra’s social fabric and sense of place.

Public ownership enables a continuous foreshore reserve within the town and the ability to explore community beneficial, tourism and educational opportunities.

Following informal discussions, it was apparent that the local community value St John’s Church and Churchyard and would be prepared to contribute toward restoration works.

The appeal for St John’s Church was therefore developed to raise awareness, garner community support and engagement and encourage community members to unite to protect a piece of Murray’s history.

Donors and Contributors

The St John’s Church Fundraising Appeal has been proudly supported by:

  • Douglas McLarty
  • Gordon McLarty
  • Jane-Anne McLarty
  • Adams Family Ravenswood
  • Mervyn Beacham
  • G.P Riley
  • Wally and Anne Barrett
  • Anne Cubitt
  • Gwen Atkinson
  • Kevin, Jean and Family
  • Ronald Richards
  • Peter Bostock and Amelia McLarty
  • Fiona McLarty
  • Mervyn Williams
  • William Austin
  • Michael Eddy
  • Leigh and Greg Angilley
  • Malcolm John McDonald
  • McLarty Brothers
  • Blythewood Pastoral Co
  • Josephine Douglas McLarty
  • Bill Cook and Derk Luiten
  • Norma Tuckey
  • North Blythewood
  • DA & V McLarty
  • Owen McLarty and Family
  • Brian and Caron Tisdale
  • Ella Middleton
  • Anthony Devitt
  • Leon Griffiths
  • Julie Gray
  • Stuart McLarty
  • Dr Fred Lovegrove
  • Judy Trembath
  • Brian Cotterell
  • Theone Anne Maloney
  • David Bolt
  • Justin and Kim Taylor
  • Merv and Anna Cox
  • Emily McLarty
  • Rebecca McLarty
  • Helen McLarty
  • Lloyd Parker
  • C and S Lane

Current Stage

Conservation works commence in February.

Architectural and structural engineering documentation has determined that in order to preserve the integrity of the building, conservation works should include:

  • Repairing wall cracks
  • Installing an external drainage system
  • Replacing the roof drainage system and existing roof tiles with
  • lightweight cladding
  • Restoring brickwork
  • Replacing wall plates
  • Upgrading the roof structure to meet current standards

An agreement between the Diocese of Bunbury and the Shire of Murray has been signed for the handover of St John’s Church in Pinjarra.

On 19 January, the Bishop of Bunbury, the Right Reverend Dr Ian Coutts will formally de-consecrate the Church and hand the keys to the Shire President, Councillor David Bolt.

This short service will be held at 10:00am and marks the end of over 150 years of Anglican worship in the Church of St John.

The Shire is committed to ensuring the building’s survival and thanks the community and Anglican Diocese of Bunbury for the support.


Thanks is extended to all purchasers and sellers of  tickets for the St John’s Church Fundraising Appeal Raffle.

Over $4,800 was raised through raffle efforts.

Raffle winners were selected during the Appeal Quiz Night, held at the Pinjarra Civic Centre on Friday 15 June.

The winning ticket numbers drawn from first to fourth, are shown below.

First Prize:


Five night stay for two adults at The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali including breakfast daily, return hotel transfers and a AUD1000 Flight Centre voucher

Third Prize:


Twelve Month Murray Leisure Centre Gold Membership

Second Prize:


“Full Steam Ahead” Artwork by Stephanie Boyle

Fourth Prize:


Six Month Murray Leisure Centre Gold Membership

Quiz Night

The St John’s Church Fundraising Appeal Quiz Night took place on Friday 15 June at the Pinjarra Civic Centre.

Over 274 people, a total of 34 teams, participated and helped make the event a grand success.

The event was a sell-out with 274 people across 34 tables raising over $7,650 toward the appeal.

Thank you to all participants and sponsors.

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Donation Refunds

If you believe that there has been an error with your donation we will honour a request for a refund made within seven (7) days of the donation.

To enable us to issue refund you will need to supply proof of your donation.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing by email to or by mail to PO Box 21 Pinjarra 6208 and must include the date of donation, amount, name, address and telephone number of the donor, transaction type and particulars, the receipt number and the nature of the error.

If the error is in relation to an issued tax receipt, the incorrect amount immediately becomes void and a new tax receipt will be issued in exchange for the initial receipt.

Refunds will be returned using the original method of payment.

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