Tanunda, SA - St John's Lutheran (30184)

Year Built: 1860

Denomination: Lutheran

Saint: John

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

Last Updated: 05/07/2022

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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 G W. Staudenmayer
1864 - Pastor K G.W. Keppler
1864 - 1865 Pastor J. C Maschmedt
1865 - 1867 Pastor P J. Niquet
1867 - 1897 Pastor J Reusch
1899 - 1908 Pastor P G. Kaestner E
1909 - 1911 Pastor A. Hiller E
1912 - 1949 Pastor J A.R. Held U
1924 - Pastor S. Lehner U
1949 - 1953 Pastor H Held
1954 - 1963 Pastor C. G. Henschke
1963 - 1982 Pastor L. W. Loffler LCA
1983 - 1999 Pastor K. Jaorski LCA
2000 - Pastor T N Reu LCA


The organ was the first of a number to be supplied in the district by J.E. Dodd.


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