East Melbourne, VIC - Holy Trinity Lutheran

Year Built: 1852

Denomination: Lutheran

Address: Corner Parliament & Cathedral Place, East Melbourne, Victoria, 3002

Architect: Charles Blachmann

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung & Bunurong Boon Wurrung people

Last Updated: 27/04/2024

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History and Architecture:

In 1852, a site was granted for a church at 22-36 Parliament Place, East Melbourne by Governor La Trobe.

The original 1853 structure was built by William Hellings to the specifications of architects Bellairs, Krsteiner & Co and was replaced in 1874 by a bluestone church, designed by Charles Blachmann, which houses an historic organ.

Built by Henry Goedeke, the church comprises clerestoried nave, aisles and apsidal chapel, a panelled timber ceiling and foliated column capitals.

The Church is built in the Victorian period in the Neo-Gothic style, and today is classified by the National Trust (B2664). One of the most prominent parishioners was Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, the well-known botanist and director of the Melbourne's Botanic Gardens.

The bluestone hall was built as an extension to the original church in 1864 as a weekly and Sunday school. It was designed by Friedrich Kawerau and constructed by M Wolter and Wilhelm Finger who were members of the congregation.

The two storey brick and stucco manse which incorporates Gothic motifs onto a typical Italianate composition, was built in 1890 by H Kaiser jnr to the design of noted architect J A B Koch. It replaced the original 1855 manse which was constructed of corrugated iron. The manse was used as a pastor's residence until 1981 and is now used as offices for the German Lutheran Church.

Clergy:

These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1853 - 1867 Pastor G Goethe IS
1868 - 1914 Pastor Hermann Herlitz UELCA 1940
1914 - 1923 Pastor K E. Gutekunst UELCA
1923 - 1944 Pastor F Frank IS
1935 - 1964 Pastor Ewlad Steiniger IS 1901 1964
1941 - 1947 Pastor J. G. Simpfendoerfer IS
1947 - 1951 Pastor P A. Scherer IS
1951 - 1954 Pastor H O.E. Steiniger IS
1960 - 1966 Pastor G Klein IS
1964 - 1974 Pastor Ernst Seyler IS
1975 - 1982 Pastor Waldemar Kostizen IS
1981 - 1990 Pastor J Schulz Wackerbarth LCA
1982 - 1991 Pastor Johannes Achilles LCA
1991 - 2000 Pastor Rolf Ortwein LCA
2001 - 2009 Pastor Joachim von Mitzlaff LCA
2010 - Pastor Matthias Kunze LCA
2023 ? - Pastor Kim Kiessing LCA

Organ:

The Organ was built in 1874 by Robert Mackenzie. It was rebuilt in 1939 by Hill, Norman & Beard. Rebuilt again in 1967 by Geo Fincham & Sons. It has 2m, 22spst, 10c, elpn. Gt: 8.8.8.4.4.2-2/3.2. Sw: 8.8.8.8.4.2.III.8. Ped: 16.16.8.8.5-1/3.4.2.
 

Source:

1. Lutheran Archives with permission.
2. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.