McLaren Vale, SA - St Paul's Lutheran

Year Built: 1934

Denomination: Lutheran

Saint: Paul

Address: 6 Aldersey Street, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 5171

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Kaurna people

Last Updated: 24/01/2023

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History and Architecture:

The present Lutheran congregation had its beginnings a few kilometres away at Willunga, in a railway cottage the home of the Constable family. Services were quarterly with the first happening on 10 June 1934. The adhoc nature of services continued up to and including the duration of WW2 as did the support of visiting Pastors.

A block of land in Aldersey Street was secured for 460.00 around 1960 with the local RSL offering another block by tender for 1500.00. The architect for the new church building was Mr Dracup and building commenced in 1963. The Foundation stone was laid on 25 August 1963.

After 28 years of work the church was opened on 1 December 1963. The cost of construction was 6,400.00. A suggestion that individuals pay for a pew at 54.00 each was readily accepted and this kept costs down even further.

A hall, Sunday school room and toilets were added in 1977.


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
1963 - 1964 Pastor Peter Henry Mattiske ELCA 1927 2001
1965 - 1966 Pastor F. E. Schafranek ELCA
1967 - 1968 Pastor J. P.T. Sabel LCA
1969 - 1971 Pastor Leslie Willam Auricht LCA 2018
1972 - 1981 Pastor G. E. Fischer LCA 2003
1981 - 1988 Pastor K M. Scholz LCA
1988 - 1994 Pastor R. L. Schultz LCA
1995 - 1997 Pastor N. A. Hampel LCA
1999 - Pastor Hupfield LCA
2011 - Pastor Garry Hodgson LCA


No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.


1. Lutheran Archives SA.