No. 249 - The former Launceston Christian Reformed Church


The former Christian Reformed Church in Frederick Street closed about seven years ago. It now houses the Indoor Rock Climbing Centre. The Christian Reformed Churches of Australia (CRCA) includes over fifty congregations across Australia established since 1951.  It falls within the Calvinist or Reformed stream of the Christian Church.

“The Reformed Churches of Australia is the name of the church established by post-war Dutch immigrants of the Reformed faith in Australia. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as the Dutch Reformed Church. The first Reformed Church of Australia was established at Kingston in 1952. Its name was chosen to make clear the desire to integrate into the Australian community and to remove the stigma of being Dutch and 'foreign'. Nevertheless, it was based on the principles of orthodox Reformed theology so that its members were predominantly former members of the Gereformeerde Kerken in the Netherlands. As Dutch migration to Tasmania continued in the 1950s and 1960s, Reformed Churches were established in Ulverstone, Penguin, Hobart and Howrah. Since the 1970s, the ethnic diversity of its membership has increased”. (Julian Roberts -Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies) 

This post will be updated once I have more information about the Frederick Street Church.

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018
Sources

http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/R/Reformed%20churches.htm

https://crca.org.au/about-the-crca/history.html





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