When visiting Gulgong..This is a must ..The Pioneers Museum must have the biggest collection of Australiana" in the country it is huge and covers half a hectare it has everything imagineable..if you are a " history buff" this is for you. Allow yoursel a few hours for this visit as there is just so much on display here..
OPEN from 9am to 5PM ...everyday except Christmas day and Anzac day..small entry fee..
This first Anglican Church of St Luke was described by a journalist of the time, as "the shabbiest place of worship every built". It was a barn-like structure of warped and unpainted weather boards, with a bark roof and unglazed windows. The alter (sic) and pulpit were made of packing cases and the seats of uneven slabs, making it more comfortable to kneel than to sit. When the church was packed for Evensong on hot Sunday nights it was necessary to have the doors and window shutters opened wide. Through these a rising wind would often blow, causing the oil lamps to flare dangerously and up would go the cry of "douse the glim". With the lamps safely extinguished the service would proceed in darkness, to the discomfort of those who had not committed it to memory.
As you can clearly see, progress was made after those dark, literally, days to the splendid building you can view today, so lovingly cared for by the local parishoners.
How sad is this. I can still remember (just) hand cranked petrol bowsers. It's scary when you see stuff like this and realise that not only it but you are museum pieces!
This is just situated, and thankfully well kept, in a backyard just off the main street.