ST. JAMES' CHURCH.
For some time past the old historic church of St.
St. James', King-street, has been undergoing important
alterations and repairs. All the galleries have been taken down, with the exception of that portion across the western end of the church, and this will be renovated to be in keeping with the rest of the changes. A new sanctuary is being formed, and the bottom of the tower will be arranged in such a way as to form a baptistry. The last-named work will necessitate the placing of several new entrances and exits. Preparations are also being mode for re- seating in the church, the comfort of the worshippers, as well as at the same time taking the greatest advan- tage of the available space, being kept in view. An important improvement will be the placing of double windows on the King-street side to shut out the sound of the traffic, which hitherto has been a serious annoyance to both the officiating clergymen and the congregation. As is well known, the walls of St. James' Church bear some of the oldest, many of them historic memorials of the State, or, indeed, of Australia, and these monuments are to be rearranged, special attention being paid to the preservation intact of these interesting records. The organ will be taken down and re-erected in a better position. For some time past the electric light has bean in- stalled in the church. The whole scheme of re- arrangement, it is claimed, will make the interior of the church one of great beauty and worthy of its historic character. The operations are being carried on by day labour under the direction of the rector