Inverell, NSW - St Andrew's Presbyterian

Year Built: 1878

Denomination: Presbyterian

Saint: Andrew

Address: 94 Vivian Street, Inverell, New South Wales, 2360

Architect: A. L. Elphinstone

Traditional Owners: Kamilaroi people

Last Updated: 16/02/2024

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History and Architecture:

In the beginning, services were conducted in the home of Mr. Colin Ross until 1857. This continued for a mere three years until a move was made to build a church on a Crown grant of 1 acre 3 roods 32 perches, Suburban allotment 6, dated 24th August, 1859. This is the date of the Title Deed but the actual building commenced earlier. This position was bounded by the McIntyre River, Vivian Street, and Byron Street, behind what is now the Central Hotel.

A wooden church was erected in 1859 and by 1874 it was decided to erect a more substantial on higher ground above the flood level of 1872. In 1878 the current gothic-style brick church was opened for worship.

The current Church was designed by Mr. A. L. Ephinstone, architect of Sydney. His offer to supervise the building was accepted.. At first, no tenders came forward and modifications in the original plans had to be made in order to bring the cost within the limit set by the Congregation! It. was on 21st September, 1875, that the first tenders were opened. These proved to be £4573; £5700; £4867; £4949!. The congregation rejected these tenders as being too high! Again modifications in the plans had to be made! Again four tenders were received and on 27th February, 1876, a tender from Mr. Leeds was accepted.


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
1854 - 1869 Rev Archibald Cameron
1869 - 1873 Rev Thomas Acherson Gordon
1873 - 1898 Rev Dr Thomas Stirton
1896 - 1898 Rev Alexander Fraser
1899 - 1901 Rev James Stewart Scott
1901 - 1905 Rev Robert Moorhead Legate
1907 - 1916 Rev James Keith Miller
1916 - 1919 Rev Thomas Frithjof Johansen
1919 - 1923 Rev Alexander McEwen Stevenson 1886 1963
1924 - 1936 Rev Emlyn James
1937 - 1942 Rev Arthur Edmunds
1944 - 1949 Rev Malcolm Charles Mayes 1989
1949 - 1954 Rev Norman Monsen 1995


In October 1927 a pipe organ at a cost of £1,200 was presented by Mrs Braith Turner, daughter of Mr P.C. Campbell, in memory of her father. It was built by Whitehouse Brothers of Brisbane. I has 2 manuals, 11 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action.. For a full despcrition vist the Organ Historical Trust of Australia here.


1. Organ Historical Trust of Australia.
2. God is Our Witness booket.
3. Ryerson Index.