Tanunda, SA - Tabor Lutheran (30186)

Year Built: 1849

Denomination: Lutheran

Address: 77 Murray Street, Tanunda, South Australia, 5352

Last Updated: 03/01/2021

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History and Architecture:

A number of pioneer families in the district organised the Free Evangelical Lutheran Tabor Congregation on 1 October 1850 under Dr Carl Muecke, Pastor, educator and journalist. The first Church was built in 1849, extended in 1871 and in 1910, and completely renovated in 1970. It has three bells in the tower, and an orb on top which contains congregational records.

The church was named Tabor after Mount Tabor, one of the most interesting and remarkable single mountains of Palestine. In 1870, the original Church was rebuilt. The tower and choir gallery were added in 1910. The belfry carries three bells imported from Apolda, Germany; Gloria (glory), Concordia (harmony) and Laetitia (joy). The largest bell weighs over 300kg.

The Church garden covers the graves of the congregations original cemetery. After complaints by neighbours about late night burials and the apparent smell it was moved in 1864.


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
1850 - Pastor Dr Muecke
1870 - 1895 Pastor F Rechner
1900 - Pastor Hossfeld
- Pastor T G. Obst
- Pastor C. C Zanker
- Pastor Leslie Willam Auricht 2018
- Pastor N. C. Keller
2011 - Rev David Gogoll


In 1978 a Mr Ross Waters of Adelaide was commissioned to build an organ for the church.


Lutheran Historical Society