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St. Matthias’ Church

St Matthias' Anglican Church, surrounded by a beautiful, peaceful 173 year old graveyard, located in the rural village of Windermere is a heritage-listed icon in Northern Tasmania, and has served its small community over that time. The church was built in 1842 fulfilling a promise by Dr Mathias Gaunt to his young wife before they left England. His wife was concerned that there may not be a church in the area where they would make their home. Dr Gaunt promised that if there was not, he would build one for her. St Matthias' is one of Australia's oldest rural churches and has been in continuous use since its foundation.
A Eucharist Service is held every second and fourth Sunday at 9:00 am. While our services follow the set Anglican liturgy, the intimate nature of the building creates a friendly atmosphere and visitors are most welcome. As with all Anglican churches, there is an emphasis on hearing God's word through readings from the Bible, and an attempt to grapple with its meaning and significance in Bible focused sermons.
Members of the local community – whether they attend services there or not – have a strong attachment to St Matthias’ as a part of the local heritage. It currently forms part of the parish of Holy Trinity Launceston.

The church has been painted and photographed by many recognised artists. This beautiful bluestone gothic chapel with its romantic history is a popular spot for weddings, baptisms and picnics. The scenic drive around Windermere Road is an easy detour from the East Tamar Highway.

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431 Windermere Road, Windermere, 7252


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