TRADITION: Karen Smith, Charlotte Brown, Melissa Brown, Lurline Lucas (nee McCoombes) are four generations of one family to be baptised at St Paul’s church.
TRADITION: Karen Smith, Charlotte Brown, Melissa Brown, Lurline Lucas (nee McCoombes) are four generations of one family to be baptised at St Paul’s church. Rob Williams

Ipswich family's long and proud church tradition lives on

AN OLD Ipswich family's long and proud association with an iconic church continued in the form of a christening on the weekend.

Ten-month-old Charlotte Brown is the fourth generation of women in her family to have been baptised at St Paul's Anglican Church in the centre of town.

Her mum, Melissa, travelled all the way from Gladstone to keep the tradition going.

Joining mum and bub were Melissa's mum Karen Smith, and Karen's mum Lurline Lucas - all of whom share happy memories of St Paul's.

Mrs Smith said the Brown, Smith, Lucas and McCoombes families had enjoyed an association with the church stretching back to early settlement.

"Charlotte's great, great grandparents on her mum's side were married there during the war, in the dark, with nothing but candle light," Mrs Smith said.

"My mother has told me stories of how my grandmother used to drive the horse and sulkie into church, park it out the back and do her shopping while she was there."

Karen Smith on the day she was christened in 1964 with her mum Lurline. (left) Karen with her daughter Melissa.
Karen Smith on the day she was christened in 1964 with her mum Lurline. (left) Karen with her daughter Melissa.

"I just love the old stories and I wish I would have written them down."

The family's links to the church extend to cousins, aunties and uncles.

Despite several of the family members living out of Ipswich, they still return to St Paul's for special events and hope to keep the tradition going.

Mrs Smith said she hoped little Charlotte might even get married there some day in the not-too-distant future.

"Mel and her husband drove down from Gladstone especially for the christening," Mrs Smith said.

"It's a tradition I think we'll keep going because it's a nice thing for the family.

"Everyone loves the church and its history. I know I love the place and so does my mum, and Mel wouldn't have come so far is she didn't.

"It's a beautiful church and it means a lot to our family."



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