No. 401 - The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church at Glenorchy

The Exclusive Christian Brethren, now known as the Plymouth Brethren, originated in Plymouth, Great Britain, in the 1820s. By the mid 19th century the movement had spread to Australia. The 'Exclusive Brethren' is a restrictive group which broke away in 1848. In 2012 the Exclusive Brethren adopted the name 'Plymouth Brethren Christian Church'. Tasmanian Plymouth Brethren churches are part of global organisation with about 50 000 members.  The Plymouth Brethren are known for avoiding social interaction with people outside the faith, which has contributed to it being viewed as a somewhat controversial Christian sect.

The Plymouth Brethren Church should not be confused with the 'Open Brethren'. In Tasmania, most Brethren belong to 'open' churches. 

With limited contact with the secular world, information about the church is not freely available.

The Plymouth Brethren fellowship at Montrose was established after the building was purchased in April 2000. The history of this the building needs further research and I believe that it may have been a “Protestant Hall” established at Glenorchy in 1886.


Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2018
Google Street View screenshot of the church in 2010


Sources:

http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/C/Christian%20Brethren.htm
https://togetherwearebrethren.com.au/faq/

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