The history of St Luke’s Greytown

The first St Luke’s Church in Greytown built on this site in 1869 and was consecrated by Bishop Octavius Hadfield in 1876.

Built of heart totara, it was a beautiful building which proudly stood aside the historic gum tree until January 1968 when it was burned to the ground by an arsonist. Firemen reported seeing flames roaring up the aisle where an accelerant had been poured.

Parishioners were in shock at the loss of their wooden church, with its tall bell tower, carved rafters and coloured glass windows. The vicar, Rev Pat Gourdie immediately made plans for services to continue in the church hall. The determined congregation set about planning the
re-building of their church and it was constructed by Greytown builder Ken Trotman and consecrated, debt-free, in 1979.



St Luke's Church, Present day

St Luke's Church, 1971 (newly built)

St Luke's Church, circa 1900

St Luke's Church, 1928

St Luke's Fire, January 1968

St Luke's Church after the fire 1968

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St Luke's Anglican Church

PO Box 133, 158 Main Street

Greytown 5712, Wairarapa, NZ


06 304 7066 (Church Office)

06 304 7066

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