Stawell, VIC - St Peter's Lutheran

Year Built: 1874

Denomination: Lutheran

Saint: Peter

Address: 32 Scallon Street, Stawell, Victoria, 3380

Previous Denomination: Congregational

Architect: Rev J.G. Wilson

Traditional Owners: Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali & Wergaia people

Last Updated: 24/04/2024

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History and Architecture:

This Church was built as the Congregational Church in 1874 to the design of the Reverend J.G. Wilson. Two groups of Congregational Church were in Stawell in the 1860's the English and the Welsh Independents. They came together a few years after, and on 13 September 1874 this substantial Church was opened.

It accommodated 250 people and cost 800.00. It was the first church in Stawell to have gas lighting.

The Church is a painted brick building incorporating fittings from two redundant Lutheran churches in the area, including a carved altar and pulpit from Murtoa, possibly that designed and made by Robert Prenzel, and a 17th century lectern obtained in England.

The newly formed Lutheran congregation of Stawell in August 1957 purchased the building. After extensive renovations the building was dedicated on 28 September 1958 as St Peter's Lutheran.

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
1938 - 1939 Pastor C. J. Siegle UELCA
1940 - 1946 Pastor J. M. Larsen UELCA
1945 - 1954 Pastor O. E. Thiele ELSA
1947 - 1950 Pastor V. G. Roennfeldt UELCA
1950 - 1954 Pastor A. H. Schmidt UELCA
1954 - 1955 Pastor E. O. Riedel UELCA
1954 - 1957 Pastor N. E. Jaensch ELSA
1956 - 1961 Pastor O. H. Adler UELCA
1958 - 1963 Pastor G. W. Mibus ELSA
1964 - 1966 Pastor M. V. Jordan ELSA
1967 - 1973 Pastor C. A. Bartel LCA
1973 - 1978 Pastor J. H. Kirchner LCA
1978 - 1984 Pastor G. D. Noller LCA
1985 - 1999 Pastor R. E. Wilksch LCA
2000 - 2004 Pastor D. J. Mattner LCA
2004 - 2008 Pastor N. M. Guthrig LCA
2009 - Pastor C. S. Raatz LCA

Organ:

The Organ was Built in 1858 by Hill & Son of London for residence of Peter Davis, Prahran. It was installed in 1860 St Andrew's Church, Brighton. Installed in 1923 Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Stratford. I was then renovated and installed present location in 1968-69 by John Kriewaldt. Restored 2021 Australian Pipe Organs Pty Ltd. It has 2 manuals, 12 speaking stops, 2 couplers, mechanical action.
A full description and photos can be seen here.

Source:

1. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.
2. Lutheran Archives with permission.