No. 287 - The 7th Day Adventist Church at Glenorchy

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church was established in Tasmania in 1888. The denomination originated in the USA in the 1860’s and in 1885 a group of Adventists travelled to Australia and began preaching in Melbourne. After a church was established in Melbourne in 1886, members moved on to Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart. Public tent meetings were held in Sandy Bay in 1888 which led to the establishment of a church at Collinsvale and later at Hobart and Launceston.

In the 20th century numerous churches were established across Tasmania. There are currently thirteen 7th Day Adventist churches in the State. The magnificently proportioned church at Glenorchy (Montrose) was established in the late 1970’s and continues to have an active congregation.

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018
Sources:  (Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies - Rayleen Irvine - 2006)


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    1. Certainly very 70's and I am not sure the Gothic doors work. I have an article coming up on St Christopher's in nearby Goodwood in a few weeks time. This is the most ugly church building that I have ever photographed. I look forward to your comment on that one Ien!

  2. This church was built in the early 1960's, not the 1970's. Unlike some other churches, the building itself is quite plain, no embellishments. The inside is warm and cosy, check it out.

  3. Thanks Jill - in fact it was September 1965. I have an article about it from the Australasian Record -and it is on my very long list of articles to update. Thanks for the reminder.


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