Bendigo, VIC - Baptist (Former)
Address: ??, Bendigo, Victoria, 3550
Last Updated: 29/11/2022
History and Architecture:
Baptists on the Gold Fields were not numerous, but in 1853 the first meeting was held at White Hills. Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Jones and Miss Jones met for worship in a tent.
In 1854 a slab-hut was erected near to the present site of Wilkie Park in White Hills Road. Shortly afterwards a weatherboard building was erected in Epsom for £400. Meanwhile, Baptists in Bendigo and in the southern portion of the township began to assemble themselves together.
At the invitation of Mr. William Smith, the Rev. Isaac New (of Albert Street Church, East Melbourne) visited Sandhurst with a view to the establishment of a Church, and the first meeting to that end is referred to in the opening paragraph of this record. The Mechanics Institute (now portion of the School of Mines) and the drapery store of Garnet Fosdyke are mentioned as meeting places of a small, hopeful band.
These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.
|1857 - 1858||Rev Ebenezer Henderson|
|1860 - 1861||Rev Charles Smith|
|1863 - 1869||Rev Thomas Taylor|
|1869 - 1870||Rev Frederick Hibberd|
|1871 - 1877||Rev George W. Gillings|
|1877 - 1885||Rev John Gregson|
|1885 - 1886||Rev Dr Thomas Porter|
|1887 - 1889||Rev W. C. Taylor|
|1890 - 1891||Rev E. J. Welch|
|1892 - 1898||Rev George A. Weller|
|1898 - 1903||Rev Christopher Stark|
|1903 - 1908||Rev Albert E. Blackwell|
|1908 - 1910||Rev Albert J. Clarke|
|1911 - 1914||Rev James Worboys||1943|
|1915 - 1916||Rev E. Herbert Hobday|
|1917 - 1919||Rev Leonard E. Tranter|
|1919 - 1927||Rev Sydney E. Dorman|
|1928 - 1934||Rev Eirc H. Holloway|
|1935 - 1943||Rev Stanley B. Goble||1957|
|1943 - 1950||Rev William S. Hadden||1989|
|1950 - 1956||Rev M. Alan Thomson|
|1956 - 1962||Rev D. C. Lewis|
|1963 - 1969||Rev D. s. Breguet|
|1969 - 1973||Rev M. C. Turnball Smith|
|1974 - 1979||Rev A. G. Fairbank|
|1980 -||Rev Alan J.I. Neate|
1. Hitherto, A History of the Bendio Baptist Church for the years 1859 - 1984. Wesley C. Harry. SLT 286.19454 B43H
2. Ryerson Index.