Newtown, NSW - Baptist

Year Built: 1873

Denomination: Baptist

Address: 191 Church Street, Newtown, New South Wales, 2042

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Cadigal people

Last Updated: 03/02/2024

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History and Architecture:

Land was purchased for the Church in 1862 but services continued to be held in the Town Hall until the front part of the building was opened in 1873. The side wings were added over the next fifteen years.

The Evening News of 6 July 1871 reported, "The ceremony of laying the foundation-stone of the new Baptist Church at Newtown was duly performed yesterday afternoon by the Hon. Thomas Holt M.L.0 , in the presence of a large number of people of all denominations. Prior to laying the stone, addresses were delivered, and a hymn sung. The Rev. A. W. Wafts said he was gratified, all well-wishers were, to be present on the occasion and, after referring in oomplimentary terms to the Rev. Mr. Shepherd, he expressed the hope that in the edifice proposed to be erected the sublime teachings and effects of religion would be long and successful.


This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
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Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
- Rev Collyer
1900 - Rev Clark
1910 - Rev G. Menzies


The Organ was built by an unknown Builder. It had (1m., 5 sp. st., tr.) Rebuilt & enlarged in 1920 by C.W. Leggo. Installed in 1933 from Baptist Church, Harris Street, Sydney. It has 2m., 10 sp. st., 2c., tr. & tub. pn. Gt: 8.8. divided.8.4.2. Sw: Ped: 16.
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1. Organ Music Society of Sydney with permission.
2. Evening Standard Newspaper 06 July 1871