Heidelberg, VIC - Scots Uniting

Year Built: 1901

Denomination: Uniting

Address: 183 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg, Victoria, 3084

Previous Denomination: Presbyterian

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri people

Last Updated: 15/07/2022

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History and Architecture:

Formerly a Presbyterian Church the first services were held at the invitation of Mr Alexander Duncan father of the late Mrs Geo Smith of Bulleen, in a barn in Bulleen Road. The first church was located in Jika Street opposite the current Police Station and the land was purched by the then Reverend Gunn. The building was of brick and cemented over and was erected in 1845 and lasted until 1901.

The current Church was erected in 1901 after plans by Messrs Blackett and Rankin Architects were submitted. The tender was let to Mr J.A. Bennell at a cost of 1,101. Built of brick in the Early English Gothic style, it was opened on 14 April 1901.

The new Scots' church building, which is being erected in Burgundy street, Heidelberg, will be completed in the beginning of April 1901; and it has been decided to open it on Sunday, 14th of that month. There will be special opening services. In the morning the Rev. Professor Harper, M.A., B D, will preach, and in the evening the Rev. G. M. Macdonald, M.A., B Sc, will fill the pulpit**.

The cedar seats for the church were donated by Mr James Thomas Donaldson who had purchased them some years earlier from the Chalmers Church East Melbourne.


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
1843 - Rev J. Forbes
1843 - 1845 Rev P. Gunn
1853 - Rev D. McDonald
1853 - 1869 Rev D. Boyd
1869 - 1897 Rev D. Fraser
1898 - 1902 Rev G. M. Macdonald
1902 - 1907 Rev S. Byron
1907 - 1925 Rev A. Hardie
1925 - 1934 Rev D. S. Jones
1934 - 1951 Rev C. Harland
1952 - 1962 Rev J. W.P. Gillan
1962 - Rev D. W. Matthews


The organ was built in 1929 by the Aeolian Company, New York.