Surrey Hills, VIC - Uniting

Year Built: 1915

Denomination: Uniting

Address: Corner Canterbury Road & Valonia Avenue, Surrey Hills, Victoria, 3127

Previous Denomination: Methodist

Architect: Albert Phipps Coles

Architectural Style: Romanesque

Traditional Owners: Wurundjeri people

Last Updated: 11/04/2024

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History and Architecture:

The first building was opened on 14 December 1884 when three special services were conducted by Reverends Halley, Browne and King. By 1886, when it was admitted to the Congregational Union, the new church had fifteen members. It was called the Wyclif Congregational Church.

The Foundation stone at this location was laid by the Right Hon Robert Beckett MLC on 13 March 1915. The tender of £1620 from J Broderick was accepted to build the Church.

The Church is designed in an eclectic Arts and Crafts style with battered buttresses and Romanesque characteristics.

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
1885 - 1896 Rev John Mair C
1887 - 1890 Rev Peter Ussher WM 1835 1899
1890 - 1891 Rev Arthur Albison WM
1891 - 1893 Rev Henry J. Ham WM
1893 - 1894 Rev J. W. Grove WM
1894 - 1895 Rev W. Rule Jones WM
1895 - 1896 Rev Lewis Rowlands WM
1896 - 1899 Rev James H. Ingham WM 1847 1914
1896 - 1907 Rev John Barton C
1899 - 1902 Rev Albert T. Holden M 1866 1935
1902 - 1905 Rev Frank Lade M
1905 - 1906 Rev James Bradbury M
1906 - 1908 Rev Richard Fitcher M 1841 1925
1907 - 1909 Rev John Rickard C
1908 - 1909 Rev E Watson Nye M
1909 - 1911 Rev Henry John Lavers M 1843 1930
1910 - 1915 Rev Frederick Vicary Pratt C 1932
1911 - 1912 Rev T. B. Lancaster M
1912 - 1913 Rev T. Dicson M
1913 - 1915 Rev F. Charles Bremner M
1915 - 1918 Rev Oswald W. McCall M
1917 - 1920 Rev C. B. Cockett C
1918 - 1922 Rev W. Rule Jones M
1922 - 1925 Rev George Judkins M
1922 - 1935 Rev Alfred Gifford C
1925 - 1928 Rev L Shears Saunders M
1928 - 1931 Rev William A. Millikan M 1861 1936
1931 - 1935 Rev Albert Sussex M
1935 - 1938 Rev Henry Clarke M
1936 - 1940 Rev W. Clair Palmer C
1938 - 1943 Rev Percy O. Parnaby M 1971
1940 - 1960 Rev E F W Swan C
1943 - 1945 Rev John J. Webb M
1945 - 1949 Rev John F. Parker M
1949 - 1954 Rev Thomas F. Stanley M 1957
1954 - 1962 Rev Alfred Bligh M
1962 - 1964 Rev W. F. Gibbons C
1962 - 1965 Rev Charles Gallacher M
1965 - 1969 Rev Ivan Haywood M Asst 2000
1965 - 1972 Rev G. D. Bence C
1969 - 1972 Rev Reginald J. Philp M 1991
1972 - Rev Deryck R. Wong M
1973 - 1975 Rev J. D. Roberts C
1977 - 1984 Rev Ian Williamson U
1984 - 1989 Rev Robert Stevenson U
1989 - 1997 Rev Lloyd Shirley U
1997 - 2000 Rev Judith Watkins U
2000 - 2001 Rev Ravanel Weinman U Supply 1933 2018
2001 - 2002 Rev Clare Tanner
2002 - 2004 Rev Evan Lewis U Supply
2004 - Rev Robert Gotch U
2023 - Rev Russell Croxford U approx date

Organ:

The Organ was built by Messrs Fincham and Sons Pty Ltd was subsequently replaced by an electroninc Organ and the Fincham Organ moved to St Benedict's in Warrigal Road.

Both churches at Norfolk Road and Valonia Avenue had installed pipe organs which by early 1983 had been relocated to Saint George's Anglican Church, Mont Albert and Saint Benedict's Catholic Church, Burwood, respectively. In 1983 a new Allen Digital Computer Organ was purchased to be used after rebuilding work at the Uniting Church.

Contributions:

1. 2024 Simon Saunders providing Architech details.

Source:

1. Surrey Hills Uniting A History of the Surrey Hills Uniting Church Melbourne. Graham Beanland 2016.
2. Reyeson Index.
3. City of Whitehorse Heritage Review 2012