Kew East, VIC - Uniting

Year Built: 1938

Denomination: Uniting

Address: 142 Normamby Road, Kew East, Victoria, 3102

Previous Denomination: Presbyterian

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri people

Last Updated: 09/07/2023

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History and Architecture:

The Church was originally called St Andrews but eventually known as the Finlay McQueen Memorial Church. The early history of this Church was intensely bound up with the Revered Finlay McQueen and his family.

In August, 1926, a block of land in Normanby Road adjoining another property was purchased for £350, by way of £10 deposit with the balance in three years at five percent.

The foundation stone for the new Finlay McQueen Memorial Presbyterian Church was laid by the Moderator General, the Right Reverend Dr John Mackenzie, at a ceremony in September 1938 which  was  attended  by  around  300  church  members.  

A  time  capsule  was  sealed  underneath foundation stone. The church was expected to cost £2000 (Argus, 5 September 1938:6; Age, 5 September 1938:17). The opening of the new church by the Reverend Wilson Macaulay in March 1939 was preceded by a farewell service in the old church held by Malcolm McQueen, son of the Reverend Finlay McQueen, who by this time had himself become the minister at East Kew.

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
1875 - Rev David S. Maxwell P
1925 - 1930 Rev Finlay McQueen P
1930 - 1937 Rev A. Morton Collins P
1945 - 1952 Rev Alexander A. Bell P
1952 - 1969 Rev Gavin Fairservice P
1970 - Rev Hamish Christie Johnston P
2020 - Rev Bronwyn Daniels U

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. East Kew Presbyterian Church (Finlay McQueen Memorial) Brief History 1925 - 1975. STL 285.29451 FIFT.
2. Church website.