Box Hill, VIC - Wesley Uniting (20121)

Year Built: 1925

Denomination: Uniting

Address: Corner Oxford & Station Streets, Box Hill, Victoria, 3128

Previous Denomination: Wesleyan Methodist

Last Updated: 16/06/2021

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History and Architecture:

The first Wesleyan Methodist service was held in the Box Hill centre in the Barkly Hall, on 13th May 1883.

Tenders were called for what is now known as Oxford Hall (formerly known as the The Methodist Church in Station Street and later The Station Street Church ) on 17th November 1885, and the foundation stone was laid on 11th February 1886. The Methodist Church in Station Street was opened on 6th June 1886. The first church service was held on 13th June 1886. Box Hill became an independent circuit in 1889.

The Foundation stone was laid by Mr George Blood on 15 August 1925.

Box Hill Methodist Church was renamed Wesley Uniting Church Box Hill in 1977 following the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia.

For a complete history click the church website here.

Clergy:

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
1863 - 1865 Rev Thomas Raston WM
1865 - 1866 Rev J B Smith WM
1866 - 1869 Rev J Harcourt WM
1869 - 1872 Rev Geo Daniel WM
1871 - Rev R Rodgers From Collingwood
1871 - 1872 Rev J Dare From Kew United Methodists
1872 - 1875 Rev Henry Bath Wesleyan
1872 - 1874 Rev J Griffith From Kew United Methodists
1875 - 1878 Rev John Cope Wesleyan
1874 - 1876 Rev H Clarke From Kew United Methodists
1876 - 1878 Rev Thomas A Bailey From Kew United Methodists
1878 - 1881 Rev Joseph White Wesleyan
1878 - 1880 Rev Henry Wallace From Kew United Methodists
1880 - Rev S Lenton From Kew
1881 - 1883 Rev W A Quick Wesleyan
1883 - 1884 Rev Nathaniel Bennett WM
1884 - 1885 Rev Dr James Waugh WM
1885 - 1886 Rev Alfred Rigg WM
1886 - Mr William Burridge WM
1886 - 1888 Rev John Thomas WM
1888 - 1889 Rev R A Taylor WM
1889 - 1890 Rev W E Bromilow WM
1890 - 1893 Rev Jesse Carey WM
1893 - 1894 Rev Martin Dyson WM
1894 - 1897 Rev H J Brownell WM
1900 - Rev Jas Mathieson WM
1902 - 1905 Rev Henry James Lavers M
1905 - 1908 Rev J J Brown M
1908 - 1910 Rev Joseph Nicholson M
1910 - 1915 Rev R W Thompson M
1915 - 1919 Rev W J Palamountain M
1919 - 1924 Rev J E Warren M
1927 - 1930 Rev T S.B. Woodfall M
1930 - 1934 Rev R E Hooper M
1934 - 1938 Rev A E Davey M
1938 - 1943 Rev Henry Clarke M
1943 - 1948 Rev F E Richards M
1948 - 1953 Rev J J Benjamin M
1953 - 1958 Rev H Chambers M
1958 - 1964 Rev G Douglas Brimacombe M 1906 1966
1964 - 1967 Rev Trevor M Byard M 1915 2006
1967 - 1974 Rev John C Cousins M
1974 - 1981 Rev Peter Musgrove M
1981 - Rev Dr Peter Moonie M

Organ:

The organ was built in 1887 by the major English organ builder, Henry ‘Father’ Willis, for Findon, Kew, the mansion of the Hon. Henry “Money” Miller, a parliamentarian, and one of Victoria’s wealthiest men. Here it stood at the end of a large ballroom where it was depicted in Victoria and its Metropolis (1888). No expense was spared in the construction of the organ, with superlative materials and lavish finishes being freely employed.

For a full description click on the church website here.

Extracts:

1. Methodist Church of Australasia Ministerial Index.
2. 100 Years On. Wesley Church Box Hill. 1886 - 1986. LH 287.199451. ONE.