Macarthur family descendant upset with possible St John’s land sale

Historic photo of St John's Anglican Church, Camden. Picture: Charles Kerry, Camden Museum

Historic photo of St John's Anglican Church, Camden. Picture: Charles Kerry, Camden Museum

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Annette Macarthur-Onslow is upset that land gifted by her family to the Anglican Church is being considered for a possible sale.

The Camden resident is a descendant of the Macarthur family after whom the region is named.

The family owned the grounds upon which St John’s Anglican Church, Camden was built and are understood to have funded its construction.

Church staff are considering a sale of vacant land on the grounds – stretching between the historic church building and the rectory along Menangle Road – to fund the construction of a ‘much-needed’ secondary worship centre.

Ms Macarthur-Onslow said she would hate to see the land under sale consideration developed.

“I think it’s crazy [they’re thinking of selling],” she said.

“I think Camden is becoming more and more part of the developed Sydney landscape.

“The church site is such an important part of what makes Camden unique.”

The sixth-generation descendant of John and Elizabeth Macarthur feels the land is being undervalued.

“It is not useless land,” she said.

“People are forced to park in the paddock during full services.

“We don’t need to fill up every little space with wall-to-wall developments.”

Ms Macarthur-Onslow suggested Camden was becoming “stuffed” with developments and traffic and losing its historic agricultural value.

She hopes no developments go ahead on the site if it is sold.

“I’ve spent a lot of time living overseas but I came back here to live in the Camden I remembered,” she said.

“I’d hate to see it made to look like everywhere else in Sydney.”

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