No. 746 - Howrah - Good News Christian Church (1960)

Howrah is a suburb of Hobart situated on the eastern side of Bellerive on the shores of the Derwent River. It is named after "Howrah House", a property built in the 1830's on the Clarence Plains by a retired Indian Army officer, Captain James Fielder. Howrah is a suburb of Calcutta, where Captain Fielder was stationed.

The Howrah Good News Christian Church is associated with the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia (CRCA), formerly known as the Reformed Churches of Australia, of the Reformed Presbyterian tradition. The Reformed Churches in Tasmania grew after World War Two when Dutch immigrants settled mostly along the north west coast of the island. Approximately 3500 migrants settled in the State in the 1950’s forming Tasmania’s largest non-English speaking migrant community.

As generations of migrants were assimilated into Australian society the church’s Dutch connection is no longer important and Reformed Churches are a culturally diverse group, reflecting the character of Australian society, and seek to proclaim the Christian message in a contemporary and relevant way. This is reflected in the renaming of most Reformed Churches.

The Howrah church was established in 1960 and the original building has been extended and modernised over the years. The Good News Christian Church is one of ten congregations of Reformed Churches in Tasmania.

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* Photographs used are my own.



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