Wollongong, NSW - City Central Presbyterian

Year Built: 1937

Denomination: Presbyterian

Address: 33 Burelli Street, Wollongong, New South Wales, 2500

Architect: Unknown

Last Updated: 23/04/2022

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History and Architecture:

A plaque on a stone reads, " This stone is from the original Presbyterian Church, which was the first church in Wollongong, and was situated on the north-western corner of Crown & Church streets. The site was given by Charles Throsby Smith Esq., September, 1837. The present site was donated by William Lang Esq., December, 1935. This plaque is a memorial to the Presbyterian pioneers who founded and have maintained St Andrew's from 1837. September 1977.

A further plaque reads, " Unveiled to the Glory of God by The Right Rev. A.C. Grieve B.A. Moderator 31st July 1937 - This stone was part of the Oringinal Church Founded by the Rev. John Tait 27th Sept 1837".

Mr Tait received a present of a half-acre block from Mr Charles Throsby Smith, at the corner of Crown and Church Streets. He obtained subscriptions for the erection of a church building, and in May 1838 plans were prepared by James Hulme, a Sydney architect.

The foundation stone was laid on 31 July, 1937, by the Moderator, the Right Reverend A.C. Grieve, a past member of the Congregation. The building was opened by a previous Moderator General of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, the Very Reverend Dr. R.G. MacIntyre, on 19 February, 1938. The minister at the time was Reverend Marshall S. Campbell.


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
1837 - 1841 Rev John Tait
1841 - 1864 Rev Cunningham Atchieson
1879 - 1883 Rev Robert Hope Waugh
1903 - 1921 Rev Donald MacKay Barnett
1927 - 1933 Rev William Duffy
1934 - 1941 Rev Dr Marshall S. Campbell
1942 - 1949 Rev C. E. Turnball
1949 - 1964 Rev Charles Thomas Knibb 1996
1964 - 1973 Rev R. A. Caldwell
1974 - 1981 Rev Ivan Cox
1982 - 1986 Rev Jack Knapp
1987 - 1996 Rev Lindsay Ferrington
1998 - 2005 Rev Bruce Hammonds
2006 - 2009 Rev Grandville Pillar


A pipe organ was installed at a cost of £1,700.


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