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Uniting Church & Hall

Item details

Name of item: Uniting Church & Hall
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Primary address: 30 Victoria Street, Waverley, NSW 2024
Parish: Alexandria
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Waverley
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
30 Victoria StreetWaverleyWaverleyAlexandriaCumberlandPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

Outstanding late nineteenth century stone church, with earlier building still standing beside. Church is essentially intact and features some fine stone detailing. Older building, now the hall, has suffered from alterations and additions but retains considerable historical interest. Fabric may also be reasonably intact behind modern addition. Both buildings of considerable social and historical interest. Church is a key element in the historic townscape around Charing Cross. Local significance. Sources: Dowd, p. 187. Foundation stone.
Date significance updated: 08 Nov 99
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Construction years: 1890-1915
Physical description: All stone church in ecclesiastical Gothic style. Gabled parapet front with belltower to one side. Rusticated stonework with smooth and carved stone used for decorative features. Lancet windows and Gothic pointed arches to all openings. Large feature window in stained glass. Notable elements include pilastered columns, butresses, fleches, pediment and cornices. Little altered except for limited painting of stone. Excellent fence in matching style. Hall beside is a simple gabled structure with a modern brick front added. Original gable features decorative barge boards.
Current use: Church and Hall
Former use: Church and Hall


Historical notes: Hall is believed to be the original Presbyterian Church. Cornerstone laid in November, 1885, just 10 months after the first Presbyterian services were held in the Waverley district. Foundation stone of present church dated 6 May 1897. Named the "Grahame Memorial Presbyterian Church" after Mrs W Grahame of "Strathearn". She was a major benefactor and laid the foundation stones of both buildings. "Strathearn" was one of the old houses which stood on the present site of Waverley College.

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]
This item is of historical and cultural significance.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
This item is of architectural, aesthetic, group value and streetscape/landscape significance.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
This item is of social significance.
Integrity/Intactness: Substantially intact; altered unsympathetically.
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.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan  06 Dec 96   
Local Environmental Plan  26 Oct 12   
Heritage study     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Waverley Heritage Study199019/3 - 0272Perumal Murphy Pty Limited  No

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2620286

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