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Survey for Heritage Listing

Australian Coptic Heritage and Community Services is surveying the Coptic Community for their views on the preservation of the first Coptic Orthodox Church purchased outside Egypt, the old St Mary and St Mina Coptic Orthodox Church, Sydenham NSW Australia. Your time...

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Academic Historian Engaged

Over the past month we have been fortunate enough to have had a young Coptic Town Planner working and assisting in our draft submission to nominate the Former St Marys and St Minas Coptic Orthodox Church on the State Heritage Register (SHR). As part of this process a...

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Demolition fences removed from Coptic Church at Sydenham

As the interim heritage order takes effect demolition fences are removed from the church site. We ask all COPTS to keep an eye out on the church as the three steel gates which remained are now missing. If you see anyone taking anything from the church site or...

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Media Release from Minister for Heritage

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday, 24 December 2015 SYDENHAM COPTIC CHURCH GRANTED INTERIM HERITAGE ORDER Heritage Minister Mark Speakman has made an Interim Heritage Order (IHO) for the former Coptic Church at 24a Railway Road, Sydenham. Mr Speakman said an IHO was a temporary...

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Minister for Heritage blocks the demolition

The Minister has resolved to make an Interim Heritage Order (IHO) for the former Coptic Church because it may, on further inquiry or investigation, be found to be of state heritage significance. It is intended that the IHO period of eight months will allow the...

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Bishop Anba Daniel “dig deep now not next August”

Statement by Bishop Anba Daniel Bishop and Abbot of St Shenouda Monastery, Sydney Australia. Re: Original St Mary & St Mina Coptic Orthodox Church Sydenham NSW Australia. We as Coptic Orthodox Community in Australia completely cherish this Church, since it is our...

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Aghapy TV report

ACHCS on Aghapy TV discussing the future of the first Coptic Church in Australia, St Mary & St Mina Coptic Church in Sydenham.   http://youtu.be/TWu6WSS1xCc

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Second Letter from The National Trust to Marrickville Council

18 December 2015 Mr Brian Barrett General Manager Marrickville Council PO Box 14 PETERSHAM NSW 2049 council@marrickville.nsw.gov.au Dear Mr Barrett, Former St Mary and St Mina Coptic Orthodox Church, 24A Railway Road, Sydenham As indicated in my earlier letter of 11...

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Marrickville Council puts gutter above Coptic Church

With the approved demolition of the Coptic Church at Sydenham imminent, Australian Coptic Heritage and Community Services Director, Jacqueline Elassal, and former Marrickville Councillor, Peter Olive, are questioning Marrickville Council’s Heritage priorities. Former...

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Sydenham – The Coptic Suburb

Speaking at the launch of the silver Jubilee celebrations of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Australia in 1993, Mr Andrew Refshauge MP and the then Deputy Leader of the Australian Labour Party in NSW, and Member of the State seat of Marrickville, declared that the...

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