Parish Clergy Locum Priest - The Reverend Michael Hillier & The Reverend Ruth Buxton & The Reverend Brian Bascombe & The Reverend Sonja Nugent
  Michael: 0447 722960, Ruth:0467 179226;  Brian:  0427 313 112, Sonja: 0407 728 512
Parish Centre 32 Washington Street, Port Lincoln.
Telephone 08 8683 0036,
Postal Address PO Box 73, Port Lincoln, South Australia, 5606


After a wonderful education at Adelaide Girls High School and time within the social work field, I studied for a music performance degree in voice and piano, with Clemens Leske and Nancy Thomas at the Elder Conservatorium. I welcomed opportunities within the ABC both in broadcasting and in the preparation of educational media programs.

Following this period, I taught, wrote and pioneered music programs in government schools across the state. Opportunities for work related travel in the Education Department enabled me to observe and learn from significant arts educators across Australia and overseas in the UK, Europe, the USA and within Asia.

A defining year was my experience studying music with tribal elders from Indulkana whose living and thinking was life-changing. Encouragement to introduce teaching programs by Aboriginal Elders into schools and tertiary colleges heralded a unique educational offering.

When the heart of the school system moved away from students, teachers, parents and learning, I left the formal education industry to work in an inner city mission near Whitmore Square with the homeless and marginalised. This was also a time for removing the years of religious accretions, revealing not only a deeper Christian spirituality, but - more importantly, the Jesus of the Gospels.

I retired from city living nearly a decade later and moved from Adelaide to Port Lincoln to participate in regional and rural communities. As well, I was accepted into the Anglican Communion. Following further experiences in pastoral care, and ongoing encouragement from +Garry and God, I was favourably discerned for ministry in 2010 in the Diocese of Willochra.

Ordination as a Deacon occurred in July 2011 and I look forward to continue being alongside parishioners in Pt Lincoln, Wangary, Poonindie, Tumby Bay, Cummins, Sheringa, Elliston and beyond.

Who would have thought that a kid from the western suburbs would find new perspectives and challenges in relevant ministry in the sixth decade of a blessed life? Empathy and laughter still make me tick.

Ruth - July 2011



I am Father Brian (Brian Bascombe), the non stipend  priest  servicing the Anglican community of St. Margaret's Church Tumby Bay.   After being tapped on the shoulder and being ordained as a deacon in 2014, this being followed up with ordination as a priest in November 2015, I was assigned to St. Margaret's Anglican Church Tumby Bay.

You can say I am a West Coast local, being born in Port Lincoln and attending the local public schools.  My employment history covers being involved with the administration section of the fertilizer industry and then in later years as Business Manager for a Government Dept. at Ceduna, both positions presented many challenges giving some very valuable experiences.

On the community side I have been involved with setting up and running a number of successful organisations some of which are still operating today.

Residing in Port Lincoln I travel to Tumby Bay to conduct services on the first and third Sunday of each month, I am still very much involved with St. Thomas at Port Lincoln offering an open church, for the community, every day and being involved with services where required.

I look forward to meeting you at one of these venues one day.

Regards and blessings

Father Brian