25 September 2022

Parish celebrates hall’s 100 years of community usefulness

Indonesian dancers at Kennon Hall. Picture: supplied 

By Lachlan Thompson 

31 August 2022

Saturday 22 August saw Archbishop Philip Freier opening the Centenary Celebrations of the Kennon Hall in Kooyong.  

The hall gifted by Margaret Kennon of a local coach building family, was built and opened in 1922 at the side of All Saints Church, Kooyong. Since its opening the hall has been in continuous use by the local community including church groups, Scout troops, Scotch College, music schools and artists. 

The celebrations were shared by the hall’s community groups, show casing traditional activities including Indonesian Welcome and Celebration dances, singing performed by the Indonesian parish members and traditional Urdu songs by Pakistan congregation members. A live honeybee garden science adventure was introduced by the archbishop for the Sunday school. 

The Vicar Reverend Kuncoro Rusman welcomed the many guests including Archbishop Philip Freier, Edwin Kennon and siblings, the Reverend Hugh Prentice and Widha Chaidir the leader of the Indonesian Community in Victoria. The first incumbent of All Saints Kooyong the Reverend William Prentice was represented by his great and great-great grandchildren. 

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