Johnsonville, VIC - Uniting (22054)

Denomination: Uniting

Address: 1765 Princess Highway, Johnsonville, Victoria, 3902

Traditional Owners: Gunaikurnai people

Last Updated: 27/06/2022

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History and Architecture:

Home Missioners and Reverends served out of Lakes Entrance for Johnsonville.

Early Methodist records suggest Methodist Services were commenced in the Johnsonville Congregational Church as early as 1920. The opening Service was attended by 20 people and the Offering was thirteen shillings ninepence. The charge for the use of the building was one shilling for each day-time Service and sixpence for an evening, and two and sixpence for concerts and socials. By 1930 the charge was increased to two shillings per Service.

The Congregational Church ceased to use the building by 1944 and it was purchased by the Methodist Church in 1961 when Pastor W. Mitchell (Mrs. Hilda Fisher's father) was the hardworking Missionary in charge. The building needed extensive renovation which was achieved by working-bees, and the Lakes Entrance Ladies' Guild, which included several Johnsonville ladies, donated £200 towards the cost.

The Johnsonville Methodist congregation, along with Swan Reach, Nungurner and Kalimna West were pioneered by Home Missioners resident at Lakes Entrance and formed part of the Lakes Entrance Home Mission Station. Johnsonville has continued to be administered from Lakes Entrance until the present time.

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
1920 - Mr A. Bligh M
1921 - Mr Whalley M
1921 - Mr Hart M
1921 - Mr Slater M
1921 - Mr Hackett M
1922 - 1924 Mr J. J. Roberts M
1924 - 1926 Mr E. C. Perkins M
1926 - 1928 Mr P. Hunter M
1928 - 1929 Mr C. B. Nance Kivell M
1929 - 1930 Mr J. P. Corley Butler M
1930 - 1931 Mr J. E. Warfe M
1931 - 1932 Rev R. G. Arthur M
1932 - 1933 Rev N. Hinde M
1933 - 1934 Rev E. Baker M
1934 - 1935 Mr H. L. Hallet M
1935 - 1936 Mr J. W. Savage M
1936 - 1937 Mr J. W. Westerman M
1937 - 1938 Mr R. M. Sholl M
1938 - 1939 Mr W. D. Kennedy M
1939 - 1942 Mr J. Hardwood M
1942 - 1944 Mr K. Pickworth M
1942 - 1944 Mr F. B. Cavalier M
1944 - 1945 Mr V. R. Heazelwood M
1945 - 1946 Mr J. D. Lutge M
1946 - 1947 Mr R. G. Hoatson M
1947 - 1948 Mr V. R. Heazlewood M
1948 - 1952 Mr A. M. Popple M
1952 - 1953 Mr A. Hoggett M
1953 - 1954 Mr F. G. Savage M
1954 - 1964 Mr W. H. Michell M
1964 - 1969 Mr T. Y. Perry M
1969 - 1976 Rev W. A. Brumley M
1976 - Pastor G. Eldridge M
1977 - 1979 Pastor J. Vicars U
1979 - 1983 Rev T. Waters U
1983 - 1987 Rev K. Howden U
1987 - 1992 Rev W. Boal U
1992 - Mr C. Thompson U

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. One Hundred Years of Christian Worship at Johnsonville 1892 - 1992 John Goff. ISBN 0646118374