Newstead, TAS - Baptist (Former)

Year Built: 1905

Denomination: Baptist

Address: 96 Elphin Road, Newstead, Tasmania, 7250

Architect: Unknown

Last Updated: 10/04/2023

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History and Architecture:

It was in 1905 that a group of dedicated Christian people from the Launceston Baptist Tabernacle in Cimitiere Street saw the need to extend the work of the Church into the suburbs. The fast growing "Elphin Rise" area, with its high proportion of young families, was chosen. A public ceremony was held in June 1905 when the foundation stone was laid by Mr. William Dubrelle Weston, for what was to become the Elphin Baptist Church.

Built in the early 1900s of Gothic design. It stands tall and dignified behind an elegant wrought iron fence and ornate gates. The beautifully shaped Gothic style doors and windows are a distinctive feature.  After about 18 months the Church was completed, and on a Sunday in October 1907, the first service was held.


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
1917 - 1924 Pastor David Samuel Harvey
1925 - 1932 Pastor A. E. Albury
1932 - 1938 Pastor Jon J English
1938 - 1939 Pastor W Fletcher
1940 - 1941 Pastor L. J. Austin
1944 - 1949 Pastor Maxwell Broughton Kingdom
1949 - 1956 Pastor Arthur Barnard
1958 - 1959 Pastor David Nibbs
1959 - 1963 Pastor Ken Tuck B.Sc
1965 - 1967 Pastor Ernest Henry Greeney
1969 - 1972 Pastor William Spiers
1974 - 1979 Pastor Max Richarson
1980 - 1982 Pastor Michael Priddle
1983 - 1984 Pastor John Priddle
1985 - 1987 Pastor Colin Dennis


1. A Church and its People, Olive Dowling