No. 1006 - West Hobart - Warwick Street Seventh-Day Adventist Church (1896)

West Hobart is an inner-city suburb of Hobart immediately west of the city centre. The suburb occupies the high ground below Knocklofty Hill.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church was established in Tasmania in 1888. The denomination originated in the USA in the 1860s and in 1885 a group of Adventists travelled to Australia and began preaching in Melbourne. After a church group was established in Melbourne in 1886 members moved on to Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart. Public tent meetings were held in Sandy Bay in 1888 which led to the establishment of a church at Collinsvale followed by Hobart in 1896 and at Launceston shortly after the turn of the 20th century.

The Upper Warwick Street church was opened on Friday 19 June 1896 with a dedicatory service held on Saturday morning. In 1904 a section of the church was used as an Adventist schoolroom. The original school was established by Miss Katie Judge in two rented rooms in Harrington Street around 1901. In 1933 the school was relocated to Fleet Street, adjacent to the newly built Moonah Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The Adventist’s vacated the church in the 1990s and it is now the Hobart Ecclesia of the Christadelphians.

The Mercury, Thursday 18 June 1896


The Mercury, Thursday 18 June 1896, page 2
The Mercury, Thursday 18 June 1896, page 3
The Mercury, Saturday 20 June 1896, page 2


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