24 July, 2022
100 years of St Ambrose
One hundred years ago, St Ambrose Church was built to commemorate Gilgandra’s unique place in the WWI history.
The church of St Ambrose belongs, in a
wider sense, to all the people of Gilgandra as a memorial
to the vision of reconstruction for the peace that had
been won at so great a sacrifice.
It is a memorial to those who were killed in action in
the great war and to those who took part in the recruiting
march to Sydney for which Gilgandra is now
The church was built from starting funds donated by
the parish of St Ambrose in Bournemouth, England as a
peace thanksgiving for the area which had done the
most for the war effort in the Great War and as a token
of the brotherhood with the men and women of
Australia who fought with England for the freedom of
The balance of the funds to build the church
was raised locally in Gilgandra.
Gilgandra was selected based on the Coo-ee March,
which was the first and longest recruiting march for the
The 35 men who left Gilgandra arrived in
Sydney one month later and their numbers has increased
The building as it stands today was consecrated on
July 26, 1922. To honour those who fought for our freedom
in the Great War and those since, we have renamed
our church to include the word ‘memorial’.
There will be a thanksgiving service to mark the centenary of St Ambrose Memorial Church with our Bishop Mark Calder in attendance.