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Rev F Jones

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Reverend Frederick Jones (1901 - 1939) was Rector in 1938 and 1939. He was the last Rector to live in the 1860s St Bartholomew’s Rectory. He died, while the Incumbent, on 16 November 1939 and was interred in St Bartholomew’s Churchyard.

Rev. Frederick Jones was born 11 January, 1901 in Eccles, Lancashire, England to Fred and Sarah Molyneux Jones, nee Homer. He was baptized on 21 April, 1901 and confirmed on 2 March, 1915, both at St. Andrew’s Church, Eccles. His interest in the Church developed at an early age as, at age ten, he was in the church choir, and he spent five years teaching Sunday School at St. Andrew’s and tow years as a member of the Parochial Church Council He was also a regular speaker of the Manchester and Salford Lay Workers Union in connection with the Church Missionary Society.

After leaving school, he was apprenticed to Messrs. Charles Binks, in Eccles between 1914 and 1920 and qualified as a Mechanical Engineer, after which he worked as a Charge-Hand Driller with Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Co., in Tralford Park, Manchester from 1920 to 1924.

He came to Australia as a student of the Bush Church Aid Society and became a Lay Assistant in the parish of St. Stephens, Port Kembla whilst studying at Moore College in preparation for the Theological degree. It is obvious from various Letters of Reference and Testimonials that he was held in high esteem in the parish of St. Stephen’s, Port Kembla. Details of his Ministry are as follows:

In 1926, he graduated from the Australian College of Theology, ThL.

In 1932 – 1933 he was Crate of St. Matthew’s, Bondi.

In 1934 - 1935 he was Curate of St. Silas’, Waterloo.

In 1935 – 1938 he was Curate-in-Charge of the Provisional District of Punchbowl.

In 1938 until his death in 1939, he was Rector of Prospect with Seven Hills.

It was on 30 November, 1935, during his time at St. Saviour’s Church, Punchbowl, that he married Mabel Lillian Hinchcliffe, daughter of Clara May and the late Percy Seth Hinchcliffe. The Hinchcliffe family lived in Bondi and Fred probably got to know Mabel while he was Curate of St. Matthew’s. While they were living in Punchbowl, they adopted a baby boy who they named Robert Frederick. He was born 27 April, 1937. Their daughter, Carolyn Mary, was born on 27 August, 1939 when they were living at Seven Hills.

On 16 November, 1939, Fred collapsed at a church meting and died within a few hours of being transported to hospital. Cause of death was ‘subarachnoid haemorrhage probable congenital aneurisms’. He was aged 38 years. He was buried on 17 November, 1939 in the Church of England Cemetery, Prospect, in the grounds of St. Bartholomew’s Church where he was the Rector for such a short time. His double grave provided a future resting place for his wife but she died in Inverell, NSW on 21 August 1974 and was interred in the cemetery at Inverell. A train strike had prevented her body from being transported to Sydney.

Source: Mrs. Kathleen Florence

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