Moonta, SA - Uniting (30241)

Year Built: 1873

Denomination: Uniting

Address: 41 Robert Street, Moonta, South Australia, 5558

Previous Denomination: Methodist

Traditional Owners: Narungga people

Last Updated: 20/12/2022

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History and Architecture:

Formerly a Methodist Church, this Gothic Revival Church was designed by R. Rees and built by Nettleton and Thorne between 1873 and 1874. The stained glass is notable, as are the elaborately moulded openings and finials. The adjacent hall was the original church.

The original Church on this site dates from the first Sunday in February 1867. It had been enlarged by 1870 but was still too small. In early 1873 it was decided to build a new Church and £1,000 was promised towards the project. In July 1873 tenders were accepted and a memorial stone was laid on 6 October by Charles Drew, JP, who had been the first mayor of the Municipality when it was proclaimed in 1872.

The cost of the building was £4,000, and the contractors were Rossiter and Davies plus Nettleton and Thorne. The gallery, part of the original design, was never included. The original slate roof was replaced by one of corrugated galvanised iron in 1913; stained glass windows were added in 1921 and 1937.

The Foundation stone was laid on 6 October 1873 by the Moonta Mayor Charles Drew J.P.

Clergy:

These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1874 - 1876 Rev R. S. Casley WM
1877 - Rev Thomas Lloyd WM
1878 - 1880 Rev J. B. Stephenson WM
1881 - 1883 Rev R. M. Hunter WM
1884 - 1885 Rev C. Lane WM
1886 - 1888 Rev D. S. Wylie WM
1889 - 1891 Rev R. Kelly WM
1892 - 1894 Rev J. D. Langsford WM
1895 - 1896 Rev A. Stubbs WM
1897 - 1899 Rev V. Roberts WM
1900 - Rev J. Gillingham M
1901 - Rev J. Collings M
1902 - 1904 Rev B. Wibberley M
1905 - 1907 Rev D. B. Bridgewood M
1908 - 1912 Rev W. Shaw M
1913 - 1915 Rev W. H. Hanton M
1916 - 1918 Rev W. H. Robinson M
1919 - 1921 Rev A. H. Carne M
1922 - 1925 Rev A. A. Smith M
1926 - 1928 Rev E. W. Caust M
1929 - Rev C. L. Sanders M
1930 - 1932 Rev F. G. Rogers M
1933 - 1935 Rev A. Hemmings M
1936 - 1938 Rev P. H. Chennell M
1939 - 1942 Rev F. R. French M
1943 - 1946 Rev C. W.G. Smith M
1947 - 1950 Rev J. J. Kilmartin M
1951 - 1954 Rev F. Albury M
1955 - 1958 Rev J. H. Davies M
1959 - Rev R. Nixon M
1960 - Rev G. E. Garfoot M
1960 - 1963 Rev G. H. Young M
1964 - 1966 Rev D. A. Jones M
1967 - 1970 Rev C. D. Oldfield M
1971 - Rev R. T. Laslett M

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. Australian Heritage Database.
2. SA Uniting Church Historical Society. Moonta Methodist Church 1874 - 1974. Centenary Celebrations.