Glen Iris, VIC - Uniting

Year Built: 1932

Denomination: Uniting

Address: 200 Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris, Victoria, 3146

Previous Denomination: Wesleyan Methodist

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Wurrundjeri Woi Wurrung people

Last Updated: 18/07/2023

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History and Architecture:

The first service was held in 1862 in the house of Mr. Robinson in Albion Road; then in a house (some say a wool shed), owned by him, which stood somewhere near where St. Oswald's Church is now erected in High Street. The music was supplied by a Mrs. Mann, who played a concertina.

Second-hand bricks for the construction of the Church were carted by Mr. Nicholas Pepperill (who, with long, flowing, white beard, was a notable visitor to our Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1922), from an unused building towards Toorak Road. This was either a church fallen into disuse, or more probably the first private school, which stood somewhere near where Rosedale Street now is.

The Builder for that Church was Mr Richard Mann senior. The Opening service was conducted by Rev Joseph Dare on Sunday, May 7th, 1865. A simple brick, gabled building with stepped buttresses, a timber rose window at its southern end, and a slate roof.

The foundation stone for a new red brick church was laid by Leonard E. P. Moran, Esq., on August 20th, 1932.


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

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1932 - Rev F. H. Williams M
1947 - 1952 Rev Herbert J. Williams Also Malvern
1948 - Rev Arthur E. Davey M
1955 - 1960 Rev George A. Collett Also Ashburton
1952 - 1960 Rev J. H. Hull Locum from Malvern
1960 - Rev Ronald W. Allardice M
1960 - Rev Eric N. Derbyshire Also Ashburton
2022 ? - Rev Garath Darlow U


The Organ was built in 1969 by George Fincham & Sons for Presbyterian (later Uniting) Church, Halley Street, Hartwell. Enlarged in 1992 by S.J. Laurie (addition of pedal Bourdon and pedal coupler). Installed in present location in 2007 by Australian Pipe Organs. It has 1m, 3rks ext, 1c, elmag.


1. Glen Iris Methodist Church Diamond Jubilee.1862 - 1932. LTP 287.19451 SH8G.
2. Methodist Church of Australasia Ministerial Index.
3. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.