No. 1348 - Middleton - Union Church (1970)

Middleton is a small rural settlement on the Channel Highway approximately 40 kilometres south of Kingston. The settlement was originally named Long Bay before it changed to Middleton in 1892. The name was derived from a barque named Middleton built by shipbuilder John Watson, a former overseer of the shipyard at Port Arthur. Middleton was the family name of Watson’s wife.

Middleton’s Methodist, Anglican and Catholic churches were among more than 20 churches destroyed in the 1967 bushfires which swept across southern Tasmania.

In 1970 a single modern Union Church was built to replace the churches lost in the bushfires. The church was shared by Anglican, Catholic and Methodist congregations. The new church was plain cement brick building located on Mcdowall Street. The church was sold in 2004 and has been converted into a house.

The former Middleton Union Church - photo:


Henslowe, Dorothea I. and Hurburgh, Isa.  Our heritage of Anglican churches in Tasmania / by Dorothea I. Henslowe ; sketches by Isa Hurburgh, 1978


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