No. 750 - Launceston - Punchbowl Christian Centre

Punchbowl is a suburb to the south east of the city of Launceston. The area is well known by Launcestonians for the Punch Bowl Reserve which centres on a natural rock fissure and waterfall. In earlier times it was known as The Devil’s Punchbowl.

The Punchbowl Christian Centre was previously known as the Punchbowl Bible Chapel and was one of four Christian Brethren churches established in the city. The church’s origins date back to the 1950s however it was not until 1961 that a chapel was built on Punchbowl Road. This building was outgrown by the late 1980s and in 1990 a new church was built on the site of the old Punchbowl Zoo. A condition of the church’s acquisition of the site was that the building also had to serve as a community centre.

A multipurpose building was constructed which included an auditorium with a capacity to seat 1000 people. The church was built by Peter McCormack and was officially opened in July 1991. The original Punchbowl Bible Chapel is now used by the Assembly of God.

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* Photographs used are my own.


Green, Anne. and Launceston (Tas.). Council.  A model municipality : places of management, mentoring & medicine in Launceston / Anne Green  Launceston City Council Launceston, Tas  2007


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