No. 394 - The Ulverstone Baptist Church

The Baptist were the last of the major denominations to establish themselves at Ulverstone. On Sunday 24 September 1905 the first Baptist service was held in Ulverstone’s Oddfellow’s Hall. Following the first service a local church was formed for the Penguin and Ulverstone area. In August of the following year the Baptist community at Penguin separated to form their own church. The Ulverstone community purchased a block of land on King Edward Street to build a church however this never eventuated as a new opportunity arose.

Ulverstone’s old Congregational church on Alexandra Road had been used by the Presbyterians but with the opening of St Andrew’s church in 1911, the building was vacated. It was purchased by the Baptists in 1911 for a sum of £200 and opening services were held on Sunday 11 June.

The old Congregational church was used by the Baptists for the next 50 years and was then replaced by a new brick church opposite Ulverstone’s iconic War Memorial clock tower. The new church opened on 4 June 1960. The old Congregational church was removed and its materials were used to build a house at Turner’s Beach, east of Ulverstone.

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019


  The former Congregational Church as a Baptist Church  c.1950 - Courtesy of the Ulverstone and District Pictorial History Facebook Group

Sources:

North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times, Monday 26 June 1905, page 2
North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times, Thursday 12 August 1909, page 4
North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times, Friday 8 October 1909, page 2
North West Post, Friday 10 March 1911, page 2
North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times, Saturday 10 June 1911, page 2
North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times, Thursday 13 June 1911, page 2
Advocate, Wednesday 13 October 1926, page 3

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  1. Hi Duncan. I'm the grandson of red clifford who u took a picture of the sign on the church

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