No. 41 - The Former Methodist (Uniting Church) Invermay - A Holy Reincarnation

In 1890 Wesleyan services were being conducted in a house in Invermay and it was not long before steps were taken to build a church in the area. In 1892 the Brian Street Wesleyan Chapel was opened. At its opening it was noted that:


“…the chapel is a pretty little edifice of red brick, with stone coping, and stands in a roomy yard of its own, fitted with comfortable stabling accommodation. Inside, the building is airy and well ventilated, the lighting and acoustic arrangements being excellent. The pulpit is a wide, open one, and the comfortable pews would tempt an occupier of an old-fashioned pew in some of the other churches in Launceston to change his place of worship on Sundays.”

All the creature comforts of a modern church: stabling accomodation and comfortable pews!  The new deluxe pews must have had an impact because it was not long before the new building was extended and in 1918 it was lengthened and a small steeple was placed on the roof to improve ventilation. The extensions can be clearly seen in the photographs below.

The Brian Street Wesleyan Church later became part of the Methodist Church and ultimately joined the Uniting Church. In 2000 the church was deconsecrated and in 2002 it was sold to a Tibetan Buddhist Institute and is now a Buddhist Temple. Its reincarnation is evident from the display of prayer flags and statues of Buddha, but it is still very much recognisable as the Wesleyan Chapel of 1892.

The extension of the church on the right of the building can clearly be seen (Duncan Grant 2018)

A close up of the steeple which was added in 1918 to improve ventilation (Duncan Grant 2018) 

A view from east side of the church with prayer flags and a photographers nightmare, the ubiquitous wheelie bins. (Duncan Grant 2018)

Buddhist symbols of the old Wesleyan Chapels reincarnation (Duncan Grant 2018)

SOURCES

Daily Telegraph Monday 22 February 1892
Daily Telegraph Tuesday 12 February 1918




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