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Rev. F H Hordern

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Rev. Frederick Hugh Hordern (1889-1975) was Rector from 1922 to 1929. He lived in the 1891 Rectory of the sister Church, St Andrew’s, Seven Hills.

He used a horse and buggy to travel around the parish. Rev Hordern had six horses.  On weekdays he travelled around the parish, visiting parishioners and baptising babies. On Sundays he would conduct four or five services in halls or little bush churches spread all over the parish.  All the children had ponies and helped to milk the cows. The family kept bees, pigs, fowls and calves which enabled the rectory population of about ten to be largely fed from its own resources.

Harvest festivals at St Bartholomew’s were mini-agricultural displays.

Rev. Hordern was born at Ashfield, the son of Edward Carr Hordern, (1853 – 1940) the founder of Hordern Brothers. stores, and Francis Lillie Dryland (1866 – 1960).

He received some of his early education in England whilst the family were living there, and later at Sydney Church of England Grammar School.  After leaving school Frederick worked at Hordern Brothers as a salesman.  In 1909 he entered Moore Theological College, where he completed the ordinary course of studies in1911.  He then entered  St John’s Hall at the University of Durham, England, where he graduated L.Th.  He then returned to Sydney and was ordained in 1915 and was appointed Curate at Holy Trinity, Dulwich Hill.

His next appointments before coming to Prospect were:  Curate at St  George’s. Battery Point, Tasmania 1917 – 1918, Curate at Rose Bay and Vaucluse 1918 – 1920, C.I.C. of Conventional District of St Paul’s, Rose Bay and North Bondi 1920 – 1922.

After Prospect  his next position was G.L. (Deputation Sec., C.M.S., Sydney) 1928 – 1934, then Rector of St Peter’s, Cooks River 1935 – 1937, C.I.C. of St Albans, Golden Grove, Darlington 1937 – 1938, Rector of St Paul’s, Sydney 1937 – 1947, A.O. Diocese of Sydney 1948.

He married Iris Mary White (1891-1972) on 14 November, 1914..

They had six children:

Mary L -                    born 1915 registered Petersham

Iris Noel                     born 1917 registered Petersham

Hugh David Carr –    born 1920  

Marsden Carr –         born 26 March,1922

John Norman Carr -   born October,1924

Ian -                            born 8 June, 1930


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Source: Personal communication, Marsden Hordern, 2000.

A Merciful Journey, Recollections of a World War 11 Patrol Boat Man, Marsden Hordern,1