Holy moly, church on hill in scenic village going for cheap

ABOVE: The church on the hill at Mummulgum.

Susanna Freymark

The chapel on the hill at Mummulgum is for sale.

The former Anglican St Mary’s Church has not been used for services for decades, according to long-time Mummulgum resident Joe Gibbins.

Joe said the church was “probably built around 1904”, but not at the location it is now, next to the Bruxner Highway.

Originally it was down the bottom of the hill.

“It was dragged up the hill with an old truck,” Joe said.

“On the way, one of the wooden wheels carrying the church fell off.”

At 91, Joe remembers the day well.

The church is for sale for $235,000.

The church needs a lot of work. Photos: Susanna Freymark

Kyogle Council planners said the church would require a change of use development application if the church was to be used as a residence.

Real estate sites are listing the church as a “renovator’s dream” – code for it needs a lot of work.

Inside are tall timber walls and high ceilings with the original stained glass windows intact.

The property has no bathroom or kitchen.

There is a heritage order on the front facade only.

Some stumping repairs are required and a section of the floor has dropped at the front entrance.

Telstra leases space for its exchange behind the church for $1200 a year.

Within striking distance, the former Catholic church on Bingeebeebra Rd is for sale. This church has already been converted into a residence. The asking price is not listed.

What’s older than Mummulgum Hall? Joe Gibbins
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