Welcome to this short virtual tour of St James'.St James’ is a prime example of the architectural work of the Macquarie period, completely designed and built by convict labour. St James’ has been in continuous use from its consecration on 11 February 1824, when convicts were escorted up the outside stairs to the western gallery for compulsory Sunday service, to the present.
It is an integral part of the most extensive surviving group of Macquarie period buildings in Australia, which also includes the former Hyde Park Barracks, the (Old) Supreme Court, the General Hospital (the Mint and Parliament House) and Government House offices and stables (Conservatorium of Music). The church and the King Street Courts (formerly the Supreme Court) are the only buildings of this group to retain their original function.
We invite you to wander through the following pages to find out more about our beautiful and historic church.