Burnie, TAS - Uniting (8002)

Year Built: 1901

Denomination: Uniting

Address: 60 Mount Street, Burnie, Tasmania, 7320

Previous Denomination: Methodist

Last Updated: 05/02/2022

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History and Architecture:

A Primitive Methodist Church was built in Mount street in 1869 and a second church was built alongside the earlier church in 1891. A Wesleyan Methodist Church built in Cattley Street in 1894. They were removed to the rear in 1900.

The Grand Opening of the first church took place in May, 1869. The erection of this Methodist Chapel by a handful of people caused deep interest to Methodists further afield, so the opening day attracted a generous contingent of visitors. Rev. William Henry Walton, assisted by several hearty local preachers, conducted the opening ceremonies.

The current brick building is of Gothic architecture. A Foundation stone reads, " Methodist Church of Australasia. This stone was laid by Rev W.H. Walton January 9th 1901. A&S Luttrell Architects, G.J. Hiller Builder".

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
1868 - 1869 Rev William Henry Walton M
1870 - Rev I H Palfreymam M
1870 - 1871 Rev Joseph Langham M 1827 1883
1872 - 1874 Rev James Henry Brown M
1875 - 1876 Rev Henry Gordon Robinson M 1899 1965
1877 - 1880 Rev John Oglethorpe M
1881 - 1884 Rev William Harris M
1885 - Rev Samuel Richards M
1886 - 1888 Rev Thomas Cameron M
1889 - 1891 Rev John T. Pithouse M 1835 1926
1890 - Rev Edward W. Nye WM Probationary 1843 1909
1891 - Rev J E.T. Green WM Probationary 1864 1933
1892 - 1893 Rev E. H. Chapple WM Probationary
1892 - 1893 Rev William Henry Walton M
1894 - 1895 Rev William Beckett WM Probationary
1894 - 1899 Rev James Rogers M
1900 - 1902 Rev Charles Mason M
1917 - 1920 Rev Vincent A Ballard M
1923 - 1926 Rev Frederic T Cleverdon M 1963
1933 - 1937 Rev Newton R Greewood M
1937 - 1941 Rev Harold Chambers M
1940 - 1941 Rev Harry G Mackay M 1988
1941 - 1942 Rev Ivan A Blake M
1942 - 1943 Rev John W Westerman M
1944 - 1945 Rev Cyril J Dodd M 1932 2021
1945 - 1946 Rev Keith C Shuey M
1946 - 1948 Rev Raymond W Starling M
1948 - 1949 Rev Howard W Abbey M 2004
1949 - 1951 Rev Alan A Whimpey M 1991
1949 - 1953 Rev George P Lassam M
1952 - 1962 Rev Robert J Imms M
1953 - 1957 Rev Frank V Winn M
1957 - 1962 Rev Vere R Heazlewood M
1962 - Rev Bruce R Rollins M

Organ:

During 1875 and 1876 a small organ was occasional loaned and played by Miss Medwin, a temporany resident. In 1878 a small American Organ was purchased for £32.

Source:

1. Methodist Church of Australasia Ministerial Index
2. Methodism in Burnie 1868 - 1968. TAS REF 287.09946 MET
3. Historic Australian Towns. Click here.