The Anglican Church of Saint Dunstan in High Street, Violet Town was built in 1879 and services have been held continuously since then. A full time Parish Priest lives in Euroa and travels to Violet Town and Longwood – just as has happened through much of the history of the Parish. Violet Town was a parish in its own right for a time and encompassed Dookie and Nalinga churches.
St Dunstan’s has conducted many baptisms, weddings and funerals over that time and so has been an important part of Violet Town's history. A magnificently illustrated register in the church lists all the important occasions.
The building is one of the few tangible structures in Violet Town of this era and is a reminder of our heritage and the beginnings of this village. Of particular note are the windows built by the renowned premier stained glass window manufacturers of colonial Victoria, Ferguson and Urie. We are very proud to have these fine examples of their magnificent work
St Dunstan's Parish Hall, alongside the church was built in 1904 with the supper room added later. It is a fine original example of a building of this period.
It has been the scene of many events and gatherings and a theatre in the 1950s and is once again a place for the local film society to screen movies monthly. The Rectory built in 1910 and the extensive land surrounding it was sold in 2006. New owners have renovated the house and maintained some of its original character.
The grounds are well maintained including a memorial garden and wall. Trees are dedicated to the Ladies Guild whose record of service to the church and to the community are exemplary. Other trees are dedicated to mark the passing of our community members and to mark important occasions.
As with so many older buildings, St Dunstan's is in need of restoration. Internal remedial work was undertaken in 2014 to shore up the side walls and buttresses. Repainting has freshened up the interior and new wiring gives better lighting and heating. Fundraising continues for the restoration. A time capsule is buried near the foundation stone and a date to ‘unlock’ its contents is yet to be determined.
The Church of Saint Dunstan is in the Parish of Euroa in the Diocese of Wangaratta.
Contact: The Rectory – Euroa 03 5795 1335
Service times: 11.30am on 2nd and 4th Sunday each month
Weekly services are conducted during Advent and Lent
A service is held at the Violet Town Bush Nursing Centre each month on the first Thursday at 2.30pm
Visitors, families and friends are always welcome to join us in worship. Music and singing are enjoyed with two excellent organists amongst our congregation.
Christmas Eve service fills the church with families and children to hear the story of the birth of Jesus.