No. 761 - Lenah Valley - Methodist Church

Lenah Valley is a suburb of Hobart situated in the foothills of Mount Wellington north of the city centre. The area was originally known as Kangaroo Bottom and later as Kangaroo Valley.  It was renamed Lenah Valley in 1922 following the extension of the Augusta Road tram into the area. 

In the mid 1930s the first Methodist services at Lenah Valley were held in a tent erected on the Augusta Road site. In 1937 a trust was established to build a hall with a full church to be erected at a later date.

The foundation stone for the hall was laid on Saturday 25 June 1938:

“In the presence of a large gathering, including representatives of other denominations, the foundation stone of the new Methodist Hall was set on Saturday afternoon by Mr. F. B. Rattle, treasurer of the hall trust fund. The building ls being erected on the corner of Augusta Rd. and Haig St., and provision is being made for a church site on the same property. The hall will be 40ft. by 24ft. and will have a kitchen 17ft. by 7ft., which will also be used as a class room.  The service was conducted by the Rev. F. H. …After the dedication a collection, amounting to £85, was received. The honorary architect for the building is Mr. W. R. Johnston…”.

The building was completed in the same year and officially opened on Saturday 3 September 1938. In 1948 an extension to the building was completed and officially opened on 15 May by the Governor of Tasmania, Sir Hugh Binney. The church was renovated in 1970 and rededicated on 15 February in the same year.

The Lenah Valley Methodist Church joined the Uniting Church in 1977. The church closed in 2000 and the property was sold and later extensively renovated and converted into a house.

                     The Lenah Valley Uniting (Methodist Church). Source: Libraries Tasmania

                         The Lenah Valley Uniting (Methodist Church). Source: Libraries Tasmania

                                                         The church in 1938 (The Mercury)

           
The church has been significantly altered and the corner block subdivided. The church, now a house in 2015 (Google Street View)


Sources:

The Mercury, Tuesday 17 October 1922, page 6
Mercury, Monday 27 June 1938, page 8
Mercury, Monday 5 September 1938, page 8

Stansall, M. E. J. and Methodist Church of Australasia.  Tasmanian Methodism, 1820-1975 / [by M.E.J. Stansall ... et al]  Methodist Church of Australasia Launceston, Tas  1975


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