No. 895 - Moltema - Anglican Church Hall (1929-1962)

Moltema is a small rural settlement approximately 3 kilometres west of Elizabeth Town at the junction of the Brooklyn and Railton Roads. It was formerly named Whitefoord Hills but this was changed to Moltema in 1915. The name Moltema is an aboriginal word meaning “to run”.

The Moltema Anglican Church Hall opened Saturday 16 November 1929. It was built with the dual purpose of a community hall and Anglican church. The Burnie Advocate announced the opening of the building in a brief report.

“At Moltema,… has just been completed a very fine church hall for the services of the Church of England,.and for social gatherings in the district. The need of such a building has long been felt and a very energetic committee with Miss C. Sharman as secretary and Mr C. Little as treasurer left no stone unturned in raising the funds to erect the hall. The plans were donated by an architect, of Hobart, and the contract was let to Mr. B.J. Cameron, of Deloraine, who carried out the work with all speed and efficiency,….The building, which measures 57 ft. by 25 ft., presents a very pleasing outward appearance, the over hanging eaves and panelled gables lending a fine finish. The interior, though not yet completely lined, has been well finished off and has a cosy appearance. In the north end has been built a sanctuary alcove with massive folding doors, before which is a portable stage….The opening service will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m., when the rector, Rev. E. H. Lansdell, will perform the ceremony”.

The hall was used as a church until 1962 when it was turned into a community centre. At a later date the hall was sold and was converted into a house. 

        The former Moltema Church Hall in 2011 - which had by this time been converted into a house.
                                                                Photo credit: Roberts Real Estate.

          The former Moltema Church Hall in 2011 - which had by this time been converted into a house.
                                                                Photo credit: Roberts Real Estate.


Sources:

Advocate, Friday 8 November 1929, page 4
Advocate, Tuesday 19 November 1929, page 4
Examiner, Tuesday 19 November 1929, page 5

Henslowe, Dorothea I & Hurburgh, Isa Our heritage of Anglican churches in Tasmania. Mercury-Walch, Moonah, Tas, 1978.






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