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St Giles Presbyterian Church

Item details

Name of item: St Giles Presbyterian Church
Other name/s: St Giles’ Presbyterian War Memorial Church
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Primary address: 1 Macmahon Street, Hurstville, NSW 2220
Parish: St George
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Hurstville
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
1 Macmahon StreetHurstvilleHurstvilleSt GeorgeCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

St Giles Presbyterian Church has been a focal point for the local Presbyterian community since 1955. It is representative of an Inter-War ecclesiastical building of social significance for the local Presbyterian community.
Date significance updated: 09 Sep 12
Note: There are incomplete details for a number of items listed in NSW. The Heritage Division intends to develop or upgrade statements of significance and other information for these items as resources become available.


Physical description: Post-war Ecclesiastical style church with unsymetrical massing, but traditional rectangular shaped nave. Retains some features of romanesque style with a tower and an emphasis on verticality with long narrow windows, most with some form of arch.


Historical notes: Opened in 1955, the current church was built using funds from a combination of sources, including donations from the already established congregation of St Giles’ based in an older building across MacMahon St. the land was purchased in 1954 with the existing building on the property known at the time as number 4 Patrick St, being retained, but later purchased and demolished to make room for the Youth centre, opened in 1965. Internal fittings were also donated by individuals and groups within the congregation and the outside community, including the organ console, communion table pews, stained glass windows and the font.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
St Giles Presbyterian Church has been a focal point for the local Presbyterian community since 1955.
SHR Criteria b)
[Associative significance]
Associated with the local Presbyterian community.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The church is a good example of an Inter-War ecclesiastical building contributive to the streetscape.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The Church is the focus for the Presbyterian local community.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
The Church has potential to provide evidence on the construction system of Victorian churches in the area.
SHR Criteria g)
Representative of Inter-War ecclesiastical building.
Integrity/Intactness: Externally intact
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.

Recommended management:

The building should be retained and conserved. A Heritage Assessment and Heritage Impact Statement should be prepared for the building prior to any major works being undertaken. Archival and photographic recording, in accordance with Heritage Council guidelines, should be undertaken before major changes.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanAmendment No. 18 08 Sep 00 11710286

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Hurstville Community Based Heritage Study Review2012 City Plan Heritage  Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1810013

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