Fonds OW.076 - Posen/Seamo, St James fonds

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Posen/Seamo, St James fonds

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  • 1888-1989 (Creation)

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13 cm of textual records
2 still images

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The parish of St James, Seamo was formed by the Right Reverend Robert Machray on 17 May 1888, although there had been an Anglican presence in the district since the 1870s. The parish was originally known as St James, Posen. "Posen" was later dropped in favour of Seamo. The first St James church was a log building, and was built in 1887 with the support of the Society of Promoting Christian Knowledge, on NE 16-18-4W. The building was moved to SW 3-19-4W a few years later. The church was replaced by a frame building in 1897. A cemetery was consecrated on 19 October, 1913. The parsonage, built sometime in the 1900s, was destroyed by fire in 1914. By the 1960s, the church was no longer used for Anglican services and a Mennonite congregation held services there for a time. On 28 June 1968, the church building was secularized and the parish was dissolved a month later. Some furnishings and Memorial plaques were moved to Clarkleigh United Church. The church was torn down in 1976 and a memorial cairn was erected on the site. The cemetery has been transferred to the Rural Municipality of Coldwell. During its history, St James, Posen/Seamo was closely associated with St John, Eriksdale (OW.025), St Cuthbert, Lily Bay (OW.075), and All Saints, Scotch Bay (OW.086). Clergy from Seamo also provided services for in homes and schools for the communities of Oak Point and Lundar.

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Parish to Diocesan Archives in 1984 and 1998.

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Records of St James, Posen/Seamo held at the Diocesan Archives include: Canonical Documents (1888-1968); Titles (1989); Sacramental Registers (1906-1959); Vestry Minutes (1926-1949); Account Ledger (1926-1934); Legal Correspondence (1913-1989); still images. Research file.

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The Sacramental Registers are located in the Upper Vault. The remaining files and bound volumes are stored in the Lower Vault.

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The Parish Registers are also available on microfilm reels #9 and #W27.

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Use of parish registers limited to Archives staff. See access policy.

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Rural Parishes Finding Aid

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Related material: See also St John, Eriksdale (OW.025), St Cuthbert, Lily Bay (OW.076), and All Saints, Scotch Bay (OW.086). The records of St James, Posen/Seamo also include Vestry Minutes from the Oak Point congregation. See W.042 General Missionary MS WA history WA 32

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