MORE than 30 items, together valued at more than $A100,000, have
been stolen from a country church in Victoria, in what police say
was a well-organised operation.
A 17th-century timber screen depicting the Virgin Mary, a
gem-encrusted brass and silver cross, a 17th-century mirror, an
eagle lectern, candlesticks, the Gospel book, and the bishop's
chair were among the items stolen overnight last week from Christ
Daylesford, now a popular tourism centre, is a former
gold-mining town 115 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.
The Bishop of Bendigo, the Rt Revd Andrew Curnow, hasdescribed
the items as "irreplaceable", and said that the burglary seemed to
have been well-planned. Police believe that there may have been
several people involved, as some of the items stolen were
The Vicar, the Revd Jeff O'Hare, said that the church had an