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St. Paul's Uniting Church

Item details

Name of item: St. Paul's Uniting Church
Other name/s: Methodist Church
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Primary address: Cnr of Stewart & Dalley Street, Junee, NSW 2663
Parish: South Junee
County: Clarendon
Local govt. area: Junee
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
     
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Cnr of Stewart & Dalley StreetJuneeJuneeSouth JuneeClarendonPrimary Address

Statement of significance:

The Church is important due to its historical background as a religious building, its aesthetic qualities and contribution to streetscape.
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Description

Designer/Maker: Unknown
Builder/Maker: G.H. Mutch & Co.
Construction years: 1904-1904
Physical description: Large single storey brick church building , with hall behind it.
Decorative Narthex / Entry to the church with stained glass windows.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Good condition. Very high architectural quality.
Date condition updated:08 Feb 01
Modifications and dates: Church Hall on Dalley Street added c1955
Further information: Critically important contribution to streetscape.
Current use: Parsonage
Former use: Parsonage

History

Historical notes: Constructed as St Paul's Methodist Church in 1904 and replaced the old wooden Church on the site. This was structure was re-erected on the site behind the new church, facing Dalley St and was used as a kindergarten hall until replaced with new hall c1955.

The New Methodist Church - Laying the Foundation Stone:

The ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the new Methodist Church which is in course of erection at the corner of Stewart and Dalley Streets took place on Tuesday afternoon last in the presence of a fairly large gathering. The attendance would have been much greater but for the fact that it was not generally known that the function was to take place when it did. The weather was beautifully fine and in this our Methodist friends were greatly favoured. For a considerable time, indeed for years, it has been recognised that a new and larger place of worship for the Methodist denomination was urgently needed in this town. The Wesleyan Church, to use its old appellation, in Goulburn Street is one of the oldest buildings in the town - older we believe than old St. Luke’s, or St. Luke’s Hall as it is now called. Junee was a very small place indeed when the structure in Goulburn Street was erected. The Church stood almost alone in the bush it might be said, for not even the leading streets were cleared and great trees, dead it is true, occupied the principal thoroughfares, through which the traffic, of which there was not a great deal, treaded its way. A building which was all sufficient for this primitive condition was of course quite inadequate for the requirements of the modern town. To enable those who have come amongst us of recent years to realise the difference between the old township and the modern municipality, it is only necessary to indicate that there was not a house on the hill where the Church of England now stands, there were no Dalley, Denison, Stewart or Belmore Streets, except on paper. There was not a building in Lorne Street nor in Lisgar Street, if we except a cottage or two at the far end. Tradition says that there stood a small room at the rear of where Maud Terrace now stands, bearing the grandiloquent designation of “The Temperance Hall”. Some say it still stands. At the period to which we refer there was not a house on Humprhys’ Hill, or on the hill in the North Ward. Two hotels - the Railway, now kept by Mr T O’Donnell and the Locomotive now run by Mr Robert Miller - together with the Refreshment Rooms met the wants of those who desired a little wine for the stomach sake. But we are not writing a history of Junee, and we have said enough to show how different is the condition of affairs now and when the old Wesleyan Church was built. It was long ago recognised, as we have said, that a new church was requisite to meet the demands and requirements of a greatly increased congregation. And there was another consideration which no doubt weighed with many, namely, the old building was falling into disrepair, not to say a dilapidated condition, and from time to time large sums had been spent on it renovation. Surely it was wise economy to erect a new brick edifice on which it would not be necessary to incur any great expenditure for many years.

The Rev. A Brown presided and the proceedings having been opened with prayer said it had been expected that the Rev. W McCallum, Cootamundra, Chairman of the District, and the Rev. H G Bellhouse, Coolamon, would have been present, but the first mentioned Reverence gentlemen, Mr Brown said he was sorry he could not attend as he was confined to his bed ill. They had with them, however, the Rev. G C Percival, of Wagga and the Rev. J P Landels, Presbyterian Minister of Junee, who was ever by his (Mr Brown’s) side to advance Christ’s Kingdom.

A number of hymns were sung and the Reverends Brown and Landels engaged in prayer. The Rev. A Brown said a new church had become necessary and it had been decided to commence the building as soon as £300 were in hand.

The Rev. G C Percival delivered a short but eloquent address in which he expatiated upon the significance of the occasion and took a glance at the inception and growth of Methodism since God in his providence raised up John Wesley, his brother Charles and other earnest men in and out of the Ministry, a hundred and fifty years ago. Methodism had passed long since from the experimental stage. He desired to emphasise the fact that in building that church the Methodists were not actuated by any spirit of rivalry with the other churches. They believed that every minister was faithfully labouring from his point of view. So far from rivalry being intended their feelings were those of fellowship. No church could advance without beneficially affecting every other evangelical church. the good work effected by the Salvation Army influenced the churches.

The Rev. A Brown then called upon Mr Peter Boyton, of Illabo, to lay the foundation stone. The reverend gentleman stated that a bottle would be placed in the stone containing copies of the “Junee Southern Cross”, the “Daily Telegraph”, their service plan, and a scroll with the names of the Minister and circuit stewards, the President and Secretary of the conference, State governor and the Mayor of Junee. He stated that he was sorry that he had not the conventional trowel to present to Mr Boyton, but they had been unable to procure one.

Mr Boyton, the stone having been placed in position, tapped it with a bricklayer’s trowel and declared it well and truly laid. A collection was then made and a goodly sum was placed on the stone.

The proceedings terminated with prayer. A Social was held in the Alhambra Hall in the evening, but as the usual courtesy was not extended to us we are unable to give a report of the proceedings. Ed. S.C.


Junee Southern Cross
August 5, 1904.

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]
The Church is important due to its historical background as a religious building.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
The Church is important due to its aesthetic qualities and contribution to streetscape.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
The Church is important due to its continuous use as a religious building.
SHR Criteria e)
[Research potential]
Not Applicable
SHR Criteria f)
[Rarity]
Not Applicable
SHR Criteria g)
[Representativeness]
Typical church construction
Integrity/Intactness: Good
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:

Waterwash brickwork where growth is evident. Repaint front elevation. Heritage colour scheme - Cream to replace off-white when painted.

Listings

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Data source

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 1840089


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