No. 182 - St Andrew's at Deloraine

The first Presbyterian church at Deloraine was founded following a petition to the Governor, Sir William Dennison, requesting a grant of land for a church and manse as well as a  schoolhouse. The petition was successful and a committee was established to oversee the building of a church. In the interim, ‘Mr Humphrey’s schoolhouse was secured as a temporary place of worship. The Reverend R.K. Ewing held the first service here on 12 November 1854.

With the completion of a timber church, Mr Malcolm Duncanson was appointed as the first permanent minister. The church remained in use until 1883 when it was decided to replace it with a brick building. The old timber church was removed and the site was used for the manse. The foundation stone for the new brick church was laid on 8 April 1883 and St Andrew's opened for its first service on 8 June 1884. Reverend Edward Cowper Tennent and Reverend John Lyle delivered the opening sermons.

St Andrew’s closed following the amalgamation with the Methodist Church in the 1970's to form the Uniting Church. The build was sold and is now a private residence.



Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018


Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018
An undated postcard showing the church and manse - source unknown

Sources:

Daily Telegraph Thursday 12 June 1884, page 3
Advocate Monday 10 April 1933, page 2
Examiner Tuesday 4 April 1933, page 4
Examiner Monday 21 February 1944, page 2

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