No. 1267 - Ross - Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School (c.1854)

This article is one of a series about buildings associated with Tasmania’s historical churches and religious orders.These buildings include Sunday schools, parish halls, convents, schools and residences of the clergy. Ancillary buildings are often overlooked and rarely feature in published histories. My aim is to create a basic record of these buildings, including buildings which no longer exist.

Ross is a historical town off the Midlands Highway approximately 120 kilometres north of Hobart. It was named by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1821 after the Seat of his friend H.M. Buchanan of Loch Lomond in Scotland. Of the five churches built at Ross, three remain.

Little is known about the origins of the Wesleyan Sunday School which is believed to have been built in 1854. The original building still exists and is located on the corner of High Street and Bond street. In 1839 a Wesleyan Methodist chapel opened on a site next to the Sunday school. The chapel was demolished in 1932 and stone from the building was used to build The Kermode Wing on the Anglican Sunday School on the corner of Church Street and High Street.

The old Wesleyan Sunday school has been closed for many years. The school is now a residence and has recently restored.

The Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School c.2010 - source:

The Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School c.2010 - source:

The old Wesleyan Methodist chapel - Source: National Library of Australia Wesleyan Chapel, Ross, Tasmania [picture] Hardy Wilson. nla.obj-134451558-1


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