Annandale, NSW - Hunter Baillie Memorial Presbyterian

Year Built: 1886

Denomination: Presbyterian

Address: Corner Johnson & Collins Streets, Annandale, New South Wales, 2038

Architect: Cyril Arthur Blacket

Traditional Owners: Gadigal and Wangal people

Last Updated: 22/11/2023

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History and Architecture:

Built between 1886 and 1889 and opened in February 1889 the church was a gift by Mrs Helen Hunter Baillie as a memorial to her husband John Baillie who died in 1854. He was a sub-editor of the Colonial Observer and later the Secretary and Inspector of the Bank of New South Wales.

The Architect's were Cyril Arthur Blackett son of the famous colonial architect Edmund Blacket. The building cost 35,000,

The Church was constructed in the early English Gothic style. The spire is 60 metres above street level while the interior contains pillars of Scottish granite and Melbourne bluestone.

Much of the timber is Australian red cedar whilst the pulpit is superbly carved Oamaru stone from New Zealand, with green marble columns and base.

An on-going program of restoration has taken place one of which cost $90,000 in the 1980's.


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
1946 - 1949 Rev George L. Sneddon
2010 - Rev Peter Dunstan


Hill & Son 1890. Its case, designed by Dr A.G. Hill, is reminiscent of the firms' design for Chichester Cathedral, from 1888 and incorporates burnished tin faade pipes. Built in 1890 at a cost of 850, the organ was opened on 29 May 1892 by Sydney City Organist, Auguste Wiegand.