Donald, VIC Methodist (Former) (20922)

Year Built: 1914

Denomination: Wesleyan Methodist

Address: 20 McCulloch Street, Donald, Victoria, 3480

Last Updated: 06/02/2022

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History and Architecture:

The first services were held in the home of Mr Thomas Bath at Swanwater West prior to 1873 and were services conducted by Ministers from St Arnaud. There were local Methodist churches in Swanwater, Jeffcott and Avon.

A Church for Donald was also under consideration but an effort to raise subscriptions in November 1876 was not sucessful. However on August 11 1878 the first Wesleyan Methodist church was opened.

This Church of locally made bricks, and seating 120 persons was opened on Sunday 11th August, 1878 - the occasion being marked by three services conducted at 11am by Reverend D.A. Gilsenan and at 3pm and 6.30pm by Rev. R.O. Cook, Superintendent of the St.Arnaud Circuit.

The current church was built in 1914 with the final stage completed in 1965.

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
1872 - 1873 Rev David S Lindsay 1842 1916
1874 - 1876 Rev Ralph Brown From St Arnard
1876 - 1877 Rev William Reed From St Arnard
1877 - 1879 Rev R Osborne Cook From St Arnard
1878 - 1879 Rev D A. Gilsenan From St Arnard
1880 - Rev E. C De Garis From St Arnard
1880 - Rev James S.H. Royce From St Arnard 1829 1907
1881 - 1883 Rev T Angwin From St Arnard 1828 1904
1884 - 1886 Rev Francis Jolly From St Arnard 1859 1929
1886 - Rev S C Flockhart From St Arnard
1887 - Rev William J. Palamountain From St Arnard 1863 1935
1888 - 1889 Rev Henry C Farley From St Arnard 1859 1917
1890 - 1892 Rev G Angwin
1893 - 1894 Rev E Orlando Knee 1847 1915
1896 - 1898 Rev Lewis Jones Rowlands 1855 1934
1899 - 1902 Rev Arthur F White 1862 1926
1902 - Rev Geo Tregear
1905 - Rev J Adams
1906 - 1908 Rev E Turner 1838 1915
1909 - 1911 Rev F T.H. Flentje
1912 - 1914 Rev Joseph C Freeman 1854 1915
1915 - 1917 Rev R Osborne Cook
1918 - 1920 Rev John M Catterall 1873 1922
1921 - 1924 Rev J. W. Crean
1925 - 1927 Rev G. S. Lloyd
1928 - 1932 Rev Percy O Parnaby 1971
1933 - 1934 Rev A Bligh
1935 - 1939 Rev Arthur D Lelean
1940 - 1943 Rev Oliver Harris
1944 - 1948 Rev Edwin B Bond
1949 - 1953 Rev H M Knuckley
1954 - 1957 Rev W. J. Ormandy
1958 - 1963 Rev R. J. Anderson
1958 - Rev K D Grove 1958
1964 - 1969 Rev M T Coombe
1970 - 1974 Rev David A Rayment
1975 - Rev Ian D Porter

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

 

Source:

1. Progrees through Faith, A History of Methodism in the Donald District. LTP 287.9458 P83D 
2. Photo from A Brief History of the Methodist Church Donald 1878 - 1970 LD LTP 287.0994581 D71P