Saving Australia’s first Coptic Church from demolition

Sydenham black and white

We seek your opinion as to whether or not you believe the premises at Sydenham is worth keeping and maintaining in light of the high costs involved in renovations ($2.3 Million according to Marrickville City Council)

We have received multiple enquiries since the recent media report announcing plans by Marrickville City Council to demolish Australia’s first Coptic Orthodox Church established in 1968.

We understand that the Coptic Orthodox Church, Diocese of Sydney and Affiliated regions has decided to no longer proceed with the salvage process after many attempts at negotiation with council citing various concerns.

Marrickville Council is now reportedly collecting stories, memories and images from the community about the church, for a public art display or plaque when the building is demolished.

The Australian Coptic Movement Association has created a Facebook Event to gauge community interest to see if there is genuine community interest to revive the renovations and save the church from demolition. Copy this link into your browser to join the event https://www.facebook.com/events/460085007512429/

We seek your opinion as to whether or not you believe the premises at Sydenham is worth keeping and maintaining in light of the high costs involved in renovations ($2.3 Million according to Marrickville City Council)

We expect varying views on this topic and request that your comments be objective and respectful.

The Australian Coptic Movement Association
Sydney, Australia
 

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3 Responses to “Saving Australia’s first Coptic Church from demolition”

  1. Mathew Naguib says:

    Who can I speak to about this? In theory if we could come up with the $2.3 million to refurbish it, could it be saved? My grandfather, God rest his soul, and his family were among the first family of Coptic Egyptians to arrive in Australia and also petitioned the Pope at the time to send a priest to Australia for the growing community. It would mean a lot to me, him and the rest of the Coptic community in Sydney to be able to preserve this piece of our history.

  2. No church should ever be demolished!

  3. Paul Shiel says:

    It’s such a disgrace that Marrickville Council allowed this building to go into such a state of disrepair. But to now want to demolish it due to their own neglect is appalling.
    This is a sacred place, people have been baptized here farewelled here and worshipped their God here. The Coptic community now need to engage the community to fight the cause.
    People are ready to fight. If it becomes a community hall an art gallery or whatever it still stands as a reminder to the Coptic community as the first Coptic Church in Sydney.
    It will be sad day when we drive along that street and the Church is gone.

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