Tanunda, SA - St John's Lutheran

Year Built: 1860

Denomination: Lutheran

Saint: John

Address: 11 Jane Place, Tanunda, South Australia, 5352

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Peramangk people

Last Updated: 04/05/2024

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History and Architecture:

Due to a rift in Pastor Kavel's congregation, fifty-four members of the Langmeil Church formed their own congregation in 1860. They later bought and renovated a store which became Church and later manse. Present Church dedicated 1868.

Bells donated in 1887, the larger of which is still rung at sun down on Saturday evening. Also of interest are the life size figures of Christ, Peter, John, Paul and Moses donated in 1892.

Exterior typical in form of many South Australian Lutheran Churches of the nineteenth century, with symmetrical layout, central tower and simple Gothic style. Spire has unusual form which hints at its European origins and the stark interior suggests the simple nature of early Lutheran life. The principal facade to Jane Place, facing south, is dominated by the tower with blocked surrounds to openings of stucco. Unbuttressed walls constructed of random line pointed ironstone rubble are relieved by quoins, strings and surrounds to openings of simple stucco bands.


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
1860 - 1863 Pastor Gottlieb Wilhelm Staudenmayerer TL 1876
1864 - 1864 Pastor Karl Gottlob Wilhelm Keppler TL
1864 - 1865 Pastor Johann Christian Maschmedt TL 1823 1891
1865 - 1867 Pastor Johann Peter Niquet TL 1811 1893
1867 - 1897 Pastor Johannes Reusch TL & Iaag 1843 1897
1899 - 1908 Pastor Paul Gustav Kaestner Iaag 1873 1908
1909 - 1911 Pastor Anton Hiller Iaag 1879 1959
1912 - 1949 Pastor Johannes Adolf Richard Held Iaag & UELCA 1884 1923
1924 - Pastor Stephan Lehner UELCA 1877 1931
1949 - 1953 Pastor H Held UELCA
1954 - 1963 Pastor C. G. Henschke UELCA
1963 - 1982 Pastor L. W. Loffler LCA
1983 - 1999 Pastor K. Jaorski LCA
2000 - 2007 Pastor T N Reu LCA
2008 - 2018 Pastor A. L. Fox LCA
2019 - 2022 Pastor G. Baikovs LCA


The Organ was built in 1922 by J.E. Dodd. It had 2m, 10spst, 4c, tr. It had alterations in 1969 and restored and enlarged in 1993 by George Stephens. It has 2m, 12spst, 4c, tr. Gt: Sw: Ped: 16.16.
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1. Lutheran Archives with permission.
2. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.