Song to the Moon is a beautifully constructed, 150 year old Anglican Church, rich in history and now available for hire.
A superbly presented, secluded venue, Song to the Moon will bring a distinctive style and atmosphere to any event. Built in 1861, the triple, red brick church is lovingly preserved. The stunning stained glass windows allow beautiful shafts of light to fill the room by day and provide a magnificent backdrop at night. The original wide, baltic pine floor boards and vaulted timber ceilings contribute to the romantic ambience. Song to the Moon sets an exceptional scene for an experience that will live long in everyone’s memory.
Jenny Rodgerson and David Moore are highly regarded, local artists, now living in Castlemaine after years of regularly visiting the area. They stumbled upon St Mary’s Church when the Anglican Diocese was selling it and immediately fell in love with the building, sitting so stately on the surrounding property. David and Jenny love the simplicity and balanced proportions of Goldfields architecture and felt the Church was a beautiful example of this.
They knew they wanted to be the caretakers for this sacred and historic place.
Song to the Moon
“ My mother found it amusing that David and I bought a church and she and Dad liked to have a laugh about what we would do with it. She was very ill at the time and unfortunately didn’t get to see the church or our vision come to life. She died on the day we took possession and the family decided to hold her funeral there, in St Mary’s Church.
During the service, the beautiful soprano Tiffany Speight sang Dvorak’s ‘Song to the Moon’. It was an unforgettable experience for all of us and it became obvious and natural we should call the church ‘Song to the Moon’. It has helped me maintain a constant connection to my much loved mother as well as mark this place as something quite extraordinary. We are delighted to bring the public back to this divine and sacred space so everyone can create their own special experience of it.”
Song to the Moon is available for special events such as weddings, birthdays, family reunions and funerals. It is also a great venue for yoga or any other type of retreat, ceremonies, workshops and conferences.
The church will comfortably seat up to 80 people. It has the original, magnificent stained glass windows, wide baltic pine floors and timber vaulted ceilings. There is also heating and carefully designed lighting.
The property consists of 2 acres of natural bushland, surrounded by gum trees and manicured native gardens. It’s a private environment that provides many opportunities for impressive, creative photography.
Just a short walk from the church is an attractive building providing catering/kitchen facilities. It features polished concrete floors and benchtops as well as ample chairs, tables and generous space for you to supply the food and drink to complement your event.
The property has ample room for a marquee, and the whole area is fully fenced making it a pet friendly venue.
Song to the Moon is environmentally sustainable and off grid. There is a back up generator.
The separate rest rooms are also charming in design and feature a shower and disabled access.
The entire property is included in the hire, creating a blank canvas on which you can see your vision come to life.
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The early years
Ministering religion on the goldfields was a difficult task for many clergymen with services initially delivered from tree stumps or overturned wheelbarrows. After a while small churches started to appear in and around the gold mining centres and St Mary’s Church was one of these.
An Anglican church, it was built in 1861, during the time they discovered gold in nearby Forrest Creek (now Chewton/Castlemaine). The church was created from the handmade red bricks left over from the construction of the railway tunnel in Elphinstone.
Many plaques marking the lives of early parishioners still exist. At one time they were located under the stained glass windows of the Church and together, tell a story of devotion and early settler life. For example “ In loving memory of Joseph and Jane Starr & Family who arrived in Melbourne on board the ‘Atlanta’ on 15th of June 1856’ and ‘In loving memory of Eliza Grace Roberts Organist and Sunday School Teacher from 1902 – 1957’
The goldfields is home to some of the best preserved examples, large and small of 19th century architecture in Australia and St Mary’s Church is a heritage listed illustration of this.
Elphinstone is one of the many smaller, historical towns surrounding the larger goldfields centres and was originally a sawmilling settlement.
The town, and its local materials played a major part in the construction of the railway line from Kyneton to Bendigo in 1862. Although the local railway station was closed in the late1970’s, the Elphinstone section of the line showcases the engineering feats of the mid 1800’s with the construction of a tunnel through solid rock.
Today it’s the countryside around Elphinstone, well known for its diverse flora and fauna which attracts local and visiting bush walkers. It’s a striking, historical location and a great example of the beauty of this part of Central Victoria.
Only an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Song to the Moon is a private, secluded venue. It is set back from the road and accessible via its own driveway. (see map below)
We are happy to put you in touch with our recommended local suppliers to provide anything you need to make your event a success. Alternatively, we have a Venue Manager who can work with you to manage the event from start to finish.
129 Diggers Way Elphinstone [view directions using Google Maps]
Contact Jenny Rodgerson on 0402 494 868
or email firstname.lastname@example.org