Adelaide, SA - Pilgrim Uniting

Year Built: 1867

Denomination: Uniting

Address: 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000

Previous Denomination: Methodist

Architect: Robert George Thomas

Traditional Owners: Kaurna people

Last Updated: 17/04/2023

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History and Architecture:

Pilgrim Church traces its roots back to Adelaides early Wesleyans and Congregationalists. A Wesleyan chapel in Pirie Street was opened in 1851 and became known as the Pirie Street Methodist Church. Stow Memorial Congregational Church, in Flinders Street, was dedicated in 1867. The two churches were back-to-back and were divided by a high stone wall with a locked gate.

Construction commenced in 1865 and the building was opened on 12 April 1867. The Architect was Robert George Thomas and the builders were Brown and Thompson. This church was established on 1 June 1969 out of the Stow Memorial and the Pirie Street Methodist churches.

Builders were English and Brown. The stone carving at the entrance is by S Peters who was brought from Sydney. An item of interest is the medieval gargoyle squirrel in the central pillar. The church was built of Glen Osmond stone finished with cut freestone from Glen Ewin.


This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
Further submissions welcomed.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1837 - Rev Quinton Stow
2010 - Rev Tony Eldridge


The present organ was built in 1855 by James Eagles, London for Methodist Church, Pirie Street. It was enlarged in 1886 by Fincham & Hobday and again enlarged in 1902 by J.E. Dodd. In 1927 W.L. Roberts repaired the organ and rebuilt and installed in the present location 1970-73 by J.E. Dodd Gunstar Organ Works. It has since been enlarged, revoiced and new console by George Stephens. 4 manuals, 86 speaking stops, 35 couplers, electro-pneumatic action.
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1. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.