Berwick, VIC - St Andrew's Presbyterian

Year Built: 1885

Denomination: Presbyterian

Saint: Andrew

Address: 105 High Street, Berwick, Victoria, 3806

Architect: Reed Henderson & Smart

Architectural Style: Gothic Early English

Traditional Owners: Bunurong people

Last Updated: 22/02/2024

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History and Architecture:

The first service was held in 1856 in Narre Warren at the residence of Mr Catenach on a fortnightly basis for about a year and then moved to a hut in Berwick owned by a Mr Gardiner. The Church is the oldest church in Berwick, and the congregation was founded amongst Scottish and English  settlers  in 1857 by Rev Alexander Duff, an Irish Presbyterian minister based in Cranbourne, Victoria. Initially a wooden church was built. This was followed by the beautiful heritage building we see today, opened on February 15th, 1885.


This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
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Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1857 - Rev Alexander Duff
1878 - 1888 Rev John Martin
1888 - Rev W. H. Rock
1888 - Rev D. Millar Asst
1945 - 1948 Rev William Herbert Duncan McMeekin 1889 1948
2021 - Rev Wendy Snook


The pipe organ is a comparatively recent addition, coming from the old Dandenong Presbyterian Church in the early 2000’s.


1. Church website.
3. State Library of Victoria. Photo. Complies with Libraires copyright stipulations.
4. Early Days of Berwick and Its Surrounding Districts. An Outline of Its Settlement over the First Century / Comp. by Norman E. Beaumont, James F. Curran, and R.H. Hughes. 2nd Rev. Ed.]. ed. Berwick and: District Agricultural and Horticultural Society, 1959. Print..