Wesley Vale, TAS - Uniting Community (7076)

Year Built:

Denomination: Uniting

Address: 604 Port Sorell Road, Wesley Vale, Tasmania, 7307

Previous Denomination: Wesleyan Methodist

Last Updated: 26/01/2021

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History and Architecture:

The early history of the church appears to have had Wesleyan beginnings but by 1900 Union was finally approved and the local circuit seems to have been happy enough for its Wesleyan Churches to take the new name of Methodist.

In February 1857 Mr Lough arrived by boat, as the first Wesleyan minister who was sent by his church to do pioneer work in the area. In the same year Mr Sampson Andrew and his son James fought their way through thick scrub to the property they were taking up in Wesley Vale. When Mt Andrew offered the land for the building of a church between Northdown and Wesley Vale a committee was formed for the purpose.

The timber of the original bush chapel was rather poor class as it was replaced in 1870. Mr William Gadsby was the builder of this second church at a cost of £153.

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
1857 - Mr G Lough Reader
1859 - Rev Thomas Anguin WM
1865 - Rev G T Heywood WM
1866 - Rev J Inglis WM
1888 - 1891 Rev J Polkinghorne WM
1894 - 1895 Rev J H Hadley WM
1896 - 1898 Rev E Secomb WM
1898 - 1900 Rev J L Cop WM
1901 - 1902 Rev Flockhart M
1907 - 1908 Rev Hodge M
1908 - 1911 Rev Lawther M
1911 - 1915 Rev Jefferies M
1915 - 1919 Rev Wilkinson M
1919 - 1921 Rev J Williams M
1921 - 1924 Rev Palamountain M
1924 - 1928 Rev G T Arthur M
1928 - 1929 Rev Field M
1929 - 1933 Rev J Abbey M
1933 - 1934 Rev Knuckey M
1934 - 1938 Rev C Bremer M
1938 - 1942 Rev Elliott M
1942 - 1948 Rev R Howie M
1948 - 1953 Rev E Vercoe M
1953 - 1960 Rev J Cousins M
1960 - 1962 Rev I Maggs M
1963 - 1965 Rev R Lawton M
1966 - 1971 Rev F Foulkes M
1972 - 1979 Rev W Rolley M
1980 - 1984 Rev T Griffiths U
1985 - Rev B Giddings U
1988 - 1989 Rev Peter Weeks U
1991 - 1992 Rev Ken Rookes U
1994 - 1996 Rev Angela Smith U
1998 - 1999 Rev Bob Hollander U
2000 - 2001 Pastor Helen Gaulke U
2002 - 2004 Rev Deacon Margaret Manley U
2004 - Rev Graham Clarke U

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Contributions:

1. Keith Woolls Cobb 2021.