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Sydney, NSW - Scot's Presbyterian

10048

State: New South Wales
Denomination: Presbyterian
Address: 44 Margaret Street Sydney
GPS: -33.865142, 151.205596

History and Architecture:

The Church was founded in the 1820's by the Reverend John Dunmore Lang and is the oldest Presbyterian Church in Australia. The foundation stone for the original church was laid by Governor Brisbane on 1st July 1824.

A stone church, with a plain tower, seating 1000 people, was opened on 16th July 1826. The actual cost was £3000 and it was opened with a debt of £1480.

The congregation has had to be relocated on several occasions to different sites in the Sydney CBD prior to moving back into its current site at 44 Margaret St, known as the Assembly Building in February 2006.

In 1918 the State Government wanted to widen York Street to facilitate the new bridge traffic. As a consequence Scots Church was resumed and a new building block was allocated for the new building.

The new Assembly Building became available. The building was opened in September 1930. The Building had originally been designed as a 12 storey building but due to the Depression only a five-storey were built.

Around 1930 the Congregation had decided on a “Special Policy”, which was an arrangement by which ministers from Scotland came to Sydney for six months or longer ministries. As a result 17 ministers came, and some came more than once.

The Scots Congregation in the post-war years found itself in a difficult position with the Trustees controlling the building. It did not have free use of the Church space and needed Church Offices approval to use any of the spaces within the building other than for the Church Services on Sunday.

This set of circumstances went on for many years until legal action was taken in the 1970's. After this action a 50 / 50 arrangment was made between the Congrgation and the Trsutees. And not before the congregation had moved to the Chalmers Street church and had used St Paricks Catholic Church on Church Hill for over 3 years.

Organ:

No information currently available.

Clergy*:

Explanations

PeriodClergyComment
* The list may not contain all serving Clergy.
1823 - Dr John Dunmore LANG  
1879 - Alexander Milne JARVIE  
1887 - William Marcus DILL MACKY  
1915 - Thomas TAIT, M.A.  
1924 - 1930 Rev H.R. GRASSICK Visiting Minister from Scotland
1930 - 1931 Rev Dr A. Boyd SCOTT, M.C. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1931 - 1932 Rev R.M. GILLAN, M.A. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1932 - 1933 Rev F. CAIRNS Visiting Minister from Scotland
1932 - Rev A. Wylie BLUE Visiting Minister from Scotland
1933 - 1934 Rev J.H. DUNCAN, M.A. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1933 - Rev W.J. BAXTER, M.A. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1934 - 1935 Rev L.A. SUTHERLAND, M.A. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1934 - Rev J. WRIGHT, M.A. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1935 - 1936 Rev Dr A. Boyd SCOTT, M.C. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1935 - Rev C.R. ANDREWS Visiting Minister from Scotland
1935 - Rev W.W. GAULD, M.A. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1936 - 1937 Rev Dr A. Boyd SCOTT, M.C. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1936 - Rev D. BLAIR, M.C. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1937 - Rev G.M. DUNN Visiting Minister from Scotland
1938 - Rev A. Wylie BLUE Visiting Minister from Scotland
1938 - Rev R.G. MCCONNOCHIE, M.A. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1939 - 1940 Rev Dr A. SMART, M.A. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1939 - Rev Dr A.F. Scott PEARSON, D. Th. Visiting Minister from Scotland
1941 - 1943 Rev L.B. FLETCHER Visiting Minister from Scotland
1942 - Rev H. AITKIN Visiting Minister from Scotland
1951 - Dr Malcolm MACKAY  
1965 - E. Gwyn MILLER  
1972 - 1982 Rev Dr Stuart BABBAGE Visiting Minister from Scotland
1972 - Christopher GOY  
1983 - David J INGLIS  
1994 - Martin LEVINE  
2000 - Rev Adrian Van ASH, B.A  
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Sydney, NSW - Scot's Presbyterian
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