Wollongong, NSW - Congregational

Year Built: 1857

Denomination: Congregational

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

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Dharawal people

Last Updated: 27/07/2023

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History and Architecture:

A notice board at the fron of the Church reads, 

The church building was opened on 6th August, 1857. Before this, the Congregational fellowship, which had been established in 1855, held services in a small wooden chapel around the corner in Kembla (Camla) St. The shop owner, David Jones (to whom a window is dedicated), and the owner of the Sydney (Morning) Herald, John Fairfax, were trustees of the church and regular visitors, travelling by steamer from Sydney to Belmore Basin.

The Illawarra Mercury in its report of the opening described the building as being "54 feet by 30 feet;  capable of seating 200 persons and is fitted with cedar throughout. The roof is open and the windows are gothic. The church is entered by an ornamental portico, approached by a flight of stone steps, and the ground in which it is erected is enclosed by a neat paling."

While there have been a number of changes to the interior of the church over the years to meet the changing needs of the congregation, and a succession of halls added at the rear, the structure of the building is largely as it was in 1857.


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
1855 - 1885 Rev G. Charter
1887 - 1903 Rev E. T. Miles
1904 - 1907 Rev R. B. Reynolds
1908 - 1912 Rev F. Hutchinson
1912 - 1915 Rev Olver
1916 - 1919 Rev E. W. Weymouth
1919 - 1924 Rev Olver
1924 - 1929 Rev H. M. Riley
1929 - 1942 T. G. Robnson
1943 - 1943 Rev L. Purnell
1944 - 1951 Rev F. G. Searle
1951 - Rev K. V. Moran


No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.


1. Trove
2. Congregational Church, Wollongong. A souvenir, 1855-1924.
3. Church historical board.
4. Celbration of the Centenary of Church Fellowship 1855 - 1955 285.891/1A1