East Melbourne, VIC - Holy Trinity Lutheran (20041)

Year Built: 1852

Denomination: Lutheran

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

Last Updated: 19/02/2021

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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:

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
1853 - 1867 Pastor G. Goethe IS
1868 - 1914 Pastor Hermann Herlitz UELCA
1914 - 1923 Pastor K E Gutekunst UELCA
1923 - 1944 Pastor F Frank IS
1935 - 1964 Pastor Ewlad Steiniger IS
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
1983 - 1991 Pastor Johannes Achilles LCA
1991 - 2000 Pastor Rolf Ortwein LCA
2000 - Pastor Joachim von Mitzlaff LCA
- Pastor Matthias Kunze LCA

Organ:

Built by Robert Mackenzie was donated in 1874 by two members of the congregation and is still in use today.