No. 934 - Marrawah - Gospel Chapel (1980 - 2016)

Marrawah is a small town in the north of the West Coast of Tasmania. Marrawah is mainland Tasmania's westernmost settlement and the furthest town from Hobart. It was once a rich timber district with a railway line which ran to the sawmills at Smithton. Marrawah is aboriginal for "gum tree".

Marrawah’s Gospel chapel is a former Christian Brethren place of worship. It was built in 1980 and closed and was sold in 2016.

The Christian Brethren originated in Great Britain in the 1820s. By the mid 19th century the movement had spread to Australia, with the first revival meetings held in Tasmania from 1869. As a result, fellowships were formed in Hobart, Launceston, the Huon Valley, Smithton, Sheffield, Wynyard, Burnie and Scottsdale by the end of the 1870s. The Brethren placed an emphasis on weekly communion, the baptism of believers by immersion, and evangelism. The Christian Brethren should not be confused with the 'Exclusive Brethren’, (now known as the Plymouth Brethren) a restrictive group which broke away in 1848.

In Tasmania, most Brethren churches are 'open', unlike the 'exclusive' Brethren who avoid contact with outsiders. The 'open' Brethren carry-out community work, including overseas missions.

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  Photo courtesy of Betty Kay Realty - Smithton

Photo courtesy of Betty Kay Realty - Smithton

Photo courtesy of Betty Kay Realty - Smithton

Photo courtesy of Betty Kay Realty - Smithton


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