Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Weathercock from Down Under!

Today's weather vane post is number 260!  I'm celebrating by posting a weathervane from way down in Australia!   Can you guess the location?

I post a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane is from a city in Australia... perhaps the most distant weathervane I've ever posted at "Weathervane Wednesday".

Do you know the location of weathervane post #260?  Scroll down to find the answer.

This weathercock was photographed by genealogist Helen Smith from Brisbane, Australia.  She went on the fantastic Unlock The Past genealogy cruise to New Zealand and Australian ports three months ago.  The cruise ended in Perth, where this weather vane caught her eye.  

This weathercock is located atop the steeple of the Uniting Church in the City, on William Street in Perth, Australia.  This congregation came together in 2003 uniting three other communities of worshipers from Ross Memorial (Presbyterian),  Trinity (Congregational), and Wesley (Methodist).  You can read more about this church at the link below.

Weathercocks are very popular for church steeples, and there is a very good reason.  In the 9th century Pope Nicolas I decreed that all churches must show the symbol of a cock (rooster) on its dome or steeple.  The tradition lives on.  The cock is one of the oldest Christian symbols.  Do you remember the bible story of St. Peter, who denied Jesus Christ three times before dawn when the cock crowed?  (Luke 22:34).

Thanks, Helen!

The website for Uniting Church in the City

Helen V. Smith's Genealogy blog    

Click here to see all the previous Weathervane Wednesday posts!


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Weathercock from Down Under!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 11, 2016, ( accessed [access date]). 

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