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Chinese Christian Church

Item details

Name of item: Chinese Christian Church
Other name/s: Congregational Church
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Primary address: 100 Alfred Street South, Milsons Point, NSW 2061
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
100 Alfred Street SouthMilsons PointNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

A distinctive and well-proportioned church in the Victorian Free Gothic style. It demonstrates a high degree of architectural competence in the handling of its massing, basic elements and details. Prominently placed, it is a major element in its surroundings and is a relic of the period when the vicinity was a vital commercial and residential centre for the north shore. The interior, landscape setting, front retaining wall and cast iron lace work are also of significance.

Heritage Inventory sheets are often not comprehensive, and should be regarded as a general guide only. Inventory sheets are based on information available, and often do not include information on landscape significance, interiors or the social history of sites and buildings. Inventory sheets are updated by Council as further information becomes available. An inventory sheet with little information may simply indicate that there has been no building work done to the item recently: it does not mean that items are not significant. Further research is always recommended as part of preparation of development proposals for heritage items, and is necessary in preparation of Heritage Impact Assessments and Conversation Management Plans, so that the significance of heritage items can be fully assessed prior to submitting development applications.
Date significance updated: 14 May 12
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Designer/Maker: H. S. Thompson
Physical description: o This building is designed in the Victorian Free Gothic style.

Large brick church with stone detailing and of gothic design. Major features include buttresses and gable parapets with stone copings, a stone string course, stone arches and archivolts to doors and windows and two stone spires, one formed as an oriel, offset from centre and a larger spire from ground level attached to the front facade. The main facade has a large stained glass window with elaborate bar tracery. The front fence is contemporary with the church, utilising stone and brick in a complementary design supporting an elaborate cast-iron fence and gate.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Further information: German Catholic Church (also a former Congregational Church), Queen Street, Croydon, Sydney - also designed by H.S. Thompson.


Historical notes: Built between 1883 and 1888, this church replaced the first Congregational Church which had been operating from 1863 in Pitt Street, Kirribilli. It was designed by H.S. Thompson who had before and subsequently designed a number of Congregational Churches including Croydon and Strathfield. Due to falling local attendances, the church was sold in 1967 to the Chinese Christian Church.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Creative endeavour-Activities associated with the production and performance of literary, artistic, architectural and other imaginative, interpretive or inventive works; and/or associated with the production and expression of cultural phenomena; and/or environments that have inspired such creative activities. (none)-
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 f)
This item is assessed as historically rare locally. This item is assessed as aesthetically rare regionally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as historically representative regionally. This item is assessed as socially representative regionally.
Integrity/Intactness: _
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 I052802 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930035Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTony Brassil 19.3.92 Yes
North Sydney Heritage Study Review1993 Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare Morrison  Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180035

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