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St Peter's Presbyterian Church and grounds

Item details

Name of item: St Peter's Presbyterian Church and grounds
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Primary address: 218 Blues Point Road, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Local govt. area: North Sydney
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
218 Blues Point RoadNorth SydneyNorth Sydney  Primary Address
(Corner Blue Street)North SydneyNorth Sydney  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Oldest surviving Presbyterian Church in Sydney, with nineteenth century interior intact. Important local church that has associations with a number of prominent Australians, and oldest surviving church on the North Shore. Fine example of mid-nineteenth century ecclesiastical architecture.

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Designer/Maker: William Munro
Physical description: This building is designed in the Victorian Academic Gothic style.

The church is built of hard freestone cut from the site, in gothic revival style, having a long buttressed nave and spire rising to 80ft over the entrance porch. Enlarged 1870, southern extension 1881, nave extended 20ft and rose window installed 1886. Re-roofed in slate 1927. The organ was built in London and installed 1885. Stained glass windows 1886. Cedar pews.
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Historical notes: The parish was established on a crown grant in 1844, using a small wooden building on a site not far from the corner of Blues Point Road and Lavender Street. The present church was opened on 16th September 1866 by the Right Reverend Adam Thomson, Moderator, and the Reverend Wazir Beg and the Reverend C. Atchison. The architect for the first stage was William Munro.

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 regionally.
SHR Criteria g)
This item is assessed as aesthetically 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 I079302 Aug 13   
Within a conservation area on an LEP     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930310Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB May 1992 Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180310

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