The last relic of Barren Jack City

Scattered around the amazing landscapes of Yass, Gunning and Goulburn are the relics of long abandoned farmhouses, wool sheds and the occasional church.

Inside Saint Saviours: "It doesn't look like much from the outside, but its interior is rather amazing." Ray McJannett explores the remains of Barren Jack City.

Inside Saint Saviours: "It doesn't look like much from the outside, but its interior is rather amazing." Ray McJannett explores the remains of Barren Jack City.

Some of these old derelict buildings are strangely beautiful. Just outside of Yass, sitting precariously on a steep slope in the village of Burrinjuck, is a small green corrugated iron church called St Saviours.

It doesn't look like much from the outside, but its interior is rather amazing.

This delightful little church was built in 1906 down in the valley at the original settlement of Barren Jack City on the Murrumbidgee River.

This temporary settlement was established to house workers during the early construction days of Burrinjuck Dam.

Pedal organ.

Pedal organ.

As the valley began to flood in the early 1920s the church was hauled to higher ground and incorporated into the renamed village of Burrinjuck that we see today.

Walking into the old church is a revelation to its iron clad exterior. It is totally lined with red lacquered wood.

The light was amazing and bathed everything with a reddish tinge.

A few years before I photographed this building some NSW archeology students made a visit.

They pushed aside the furniture, lifted a few floorboards and left it at that. Despite that, the old church still is intact.

Burrinjuck village is a very quiet and tranquil place.

Burrinjuck Village.

Burrinjuck Village.

The weatherboard houses are built way above the main street.

In the early days of the new settlement, groceries and other supplies were hoisted up to the residents by a trolley system.

Little else is known about St Saviours.

The minister's robes and prayer books are still in their place. It's as if one day nobody turned up.

This long abandoned church is a mix of art, history and architecture all rolled into one. It may also be the last surviving relic of the long submerged Barren Jack City.