No. 514 - Burnie - St Wilfred's

St Wilfred’s Anglican church hall lies on Terrylands Street on the border of the suburbs of Montello and Hillcrest. It was built with the purpose of providing “instruction of the young in God’s worship” and as “a social asset to the surrounding community”.  It is a modest and functional building in a working class suburb and constructed at a time of post-war optimism and hope for peace and prosperity.

The foundation stone for the church hall was laid on Sunday 15 March 1953 by the Venerable Archdeacon Walters, the of Darwin.

The church hall opened on Wednesday 9 September 1953 in a service lead by the rector, Canon K.J. Hughs. The church’s sanctuary was dedicated by Archdeacon Walters. The altar, prayer desk, lectern and font were placed behind folding doors which enabled the remainder of the building to be used for other purposes. Sunday services were held weekly in the evening with Sunday school classes taking place in the morning.

St Wilfred’s church hall was designed by architects Gracie and Davenport and was built at a cost of £4000. The building still stands but the purpose for which it is now used is unclear.

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019

Photograph: Duncan Grant 2019


Advocate, Tuesday 3 February 1953, page 5
Advocate, Monday 16 March 1953, page 6
Advocate, Tuesday 17 March 1953, page 1
Advocate, Wednesday 9 September 1953, page 11
Advocate, Thursday 10 September 1953, page 2


  1. This hall is currently owned and used as a rehearsal space for the Burnie Musical Society.


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