Adelaide, SA - Baptist

Year Built: 1863

Denomination: Baptist

Address: 65 Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia , 5000

Architect: Robert George Thomas

Traditional Owners: Kaurna people

Last Updated: 17/04/2023

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History and Architecture:

A Foundation stone was laid by Rev Isaac New on 18 December 1861.

Robert G. Thomas, the architect who would later be responsible for the Stow Memorial Church (now Pilgrim Uniting Church), was selected to design the building, which is of Gothic revival style in bluestone and sandstone with elaborate capitals on the columns, a rose window and front entrance with three arches supported by pillars.

The building, which cost ₤7,000 and took English & Brown two years to build, was opened on 19 May 1863.

Mead Hall was erected in 1867/70 and the manse in 1877.

Clergy:

These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1861 - Rev Silas Mead M.A.
1895 - 1905 Rev John G Raws
1905 - 1908 Rev James Mursell
1908 - 1921 Rev Peter Fleming
1922 - 1926 Rev F. G. Benskin M.A.
1927 - 1933 Rev D F Mitchell M.A.
1934 - 1943 Rev J. A. Lewis B.A.
1945 - 1952 Rev S Millar B.A.
1954 - Rev Leslie J Gomm
2020 ? - Rev Scott Cadman

Organ:

The Organ was bulit in 1886 by Fincham & Hobday of Adelaide. It was restored and enlarged in 1924 by W.L. Roberts.
Rebuilt in 1961 by J.E. Dodd & Sons Gunstar Organ Works. It has 3m, 47spst, 16c, el.pn. Gt: 16.8.8.8.8.4.4.2-2/3.2.III.8.4. Sw: 8.8.8.4.4.2-2/3.2.III.16.8.8.8.4. Ch: 8.8.8.4.2-2/3.2.1-3/5.8.16.8.4. Ped: 32.16.16.16.8.8.4.16.16.8.4.
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Source:

1. God Building, Flinders Street Baptist Church Adelaide 1861 - 1961. SA 286.194231 F622 1961.
2. Wikapedia.
3. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.

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