No. 1319 - Lenah Valley - Exclusive Brethren Hall

Lenah Valley is a suburb of Hobart situated in the foothills of Mount Wellington north of the city centre. Lenah Valley was originally known as Kangaroo Bottom and later as Kangaroo Valley. Lenah is the native Aboriginal word for kangaroo.

The Exclusive Christian Brethren, now known as the Plymouth Brethren, originated in Plymouth, Great Britain in the 1820s. By the mid 19th century the Christian Brethren became established in Australia.

The 'Exclusive Brethren' is a restrictive group which broke away from the original Christian Brethren in 1848. In 2012 the Exclusive Brethren adopted the name 'Plymouth Brethren Christian Church’. Tasmanian Plymouth Brethren churches are part of global organisation with about 50 000 members. The Plymouth Brethren are notorious for avoiding social interaction with people outside the faith, which has contributed to the denomination being considered a Christian sect.

The former Lenah Valley Hall is located on Gant Street. The hall is a typical example of modern Exclusive Brethren Halls; that is it is a virtually featureless brick building and very well secured. The hall was sold in 2016 and the site has been developed for the St Giles Society.

With limited contact with the secular world, information about the Lenah Valley hall is not readily available.

Lenah Valley Exclusive Brethren Hall - Photo:




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