Canterbury, VIC - Tongan Uniting

Year Built: 1928

Denomination: Uniting

Address: 15A Balwyn Road, Canterbury, Victoria, 3126

Architect: Unknown

Last Updated: 30/12/2021

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History and Architecture:

In 1890, a Methodist Church was built on the site with funding supplied by local residents. The current church was built in 1928. The Architect was Louis Williams and the Builder was A Richardson.

The walls are of clinker brick with bands of grilles in the brickwork to the gable ends. The steeply pitched roof is clad in glazed tiles and has exposed rafters. The corner tower has a parapet with crenellations and a hip roof surmounted by a weather vane.

By 1996, two buildings at the rear of the existing church were demolished: the original 1890 brick church (later used as a hall) and an adjacent timber hall.8 Subsequently a new, larger brick hall, designed by architects Keith Walter & Assoc, was constructed.

A Foundation stone reads, " To the Glory of God in memory of Sir Aaron Danks K.B. This stone was laid by Rev C.C. Dugan M.A. D.B. 15th December".


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
1913 - 1915 Rev Charles F. Bremer M Locum
1925 - 1928 Rev L Shears Saunders M
1936 - 1941 Rev Gordon B. Campbell M
1937 - 1942 Rev Eric Hans Orten Nye M 1968
1938 - 1943 Rev Percy O. Parnaby M 1971
1940 - Rev Arthur J. Blanksby M 1984
1941 - 1946 Rev Bernard L. Semmens M
1949 - 1951 Rev Howard W. Abbey M 2004
1951 - 1955 Rev Bernard L. Semmens M
1955 - 1959 Rev George C. Harris M
1960 - Rev Ronald A. Owen M
2021 - Rev Salesi Faupula U


A two-manual organ of 18 stops built in 1929 by W L Roberts and one of the few examples of his work to remain intact. The focal point of the building, the instrument incorporates the pipework from an organ built in 1889 by George Fincham for the residence of S Stokes.. The organ retains its 1929 tonal scheme, attractive oak case and detached draw knob console.


1. Heritage Victoria.
2. Methodist Church of Australasia Ministerial Index.