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St. Andrew's Uniting Church

Item details

Name of item: St. Andrew's Uniting Church
Other name/s: St Andrew's, St Andrews
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Location: Lat: -35.5322338528 Long: 144.9619303270
Primary address: Poictiers Street, Deniliquin, NSW 2710
Parish: South Deniliquin
County: Townsend
Local govt. area: Deniliquin
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Deniliquin
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Poictiers StreetDeniliquinDeniliquinSouth DeniliquinTownsendPrimary Address
Corbett StreetDeniliquinDeniliquin  Alternate Address
Edwardes StreetSouth DeniliquinDeniliquinSouth DeniliquinTownsendAlternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Uniting Church of AustraliaReligious Organisation19 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

St Andrew's Uniting Church is centrally located on a prominent site within the urban area of Deniliquin. The Church was constructed in 1871, is designed in the Free Gothic Style, is carefully designed and built and has a quite powerful presence considering its size and the nature of the site. The building is of historical and architectural significance to Deniliquin and the surrounding region. It is in relatively original intact condition. The Church is regarded as one fo the finest buildings in Deniliquin and is of particular architectural merit. (Branch Managers Report 28 April 1983)
Date significance updated: 11 May 09
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Construction years: 1871-1871
Physical description: St Andrew's Uniting Church is a finely detailed building constructed of the red brick characteristic of the Deniliquin area. Designed in the Free Gothic Style, the Churhc is flanked by a series of butresses and a tower dominates its front elevation. The steep pitch of the slate roof is reflected in the multitude of pinnacles which combine with small flying buttresses and some Romanesqu elements to decorate the tower. This theme is repreated in the entrance porch centrally located at the front of the Church.

St Andrew's Sabbath Hall (now demolished) was also constructed of Deniliquin brick, is rectangular in form with a pitched roof of corrugated iron. Its principle faade contains several elements of greek revival architecture. Of symmetrical design, its windows and doors have lintels with classical consoles. Pilasters in the form of columns support an entablature with a decorative pediment.

Located between the Church and Hall is a collection of modern but unsympathetic constructions. (Branch Managers Report 19 January 1983)
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Both Buildings are in excellent condition.
Date condition updated:19 Jan 83
Modifications and dates: 19 June 1984 a small dilapidated addition to Sabbath Hall was approved for demolition.
1989 conservation works completed to the Church.
1990 Sabbath Hall demolished.
Current use: Church
Former use: Church


Historical notes: St Andrew's Uniting Church was constructed in 1871. Sabbath Hall was constructed in 1896.

Following the unification of the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregationalist Churches, the new Uniting Church in Deniliquin sought advice on consolidation of its prpoerties. One option was consideration of the demolition of St Andrews Church and Hall.

A member of the congregation requested protection of the buildings. Due to its uncertain future a Section 130 order was made over the Churcy and Hall on 25 March 1983. On 8 April 1983 the Uniting Church gave notice of its intention to demolish the Church and parts of the Hall. Subsequently an Interim Heritage Order was placed over the site on 27 May 1983. On 13 July 1983 members of the Heritage Council during a tour of the region met with the Minister and Parish Council to discuss the matter. However, no immediate solution was reached.

The Heritage Council considered the matter at its meeting of 27 November 1984. Views of the Uniting Church Board of Finance and Property were sought who advised that a change in the shift of attitudes could occur. It was considered that alternate design solutions on the site may be possible that allowed additional buildings whilst retaining the Church and Hall. As a result another Interim Heritage Order was made.

A report by Hardcastle and Richards P/L Structural Engineers made it clear that due to structural problems it would be not feasible to retain the Sabbath Hall building.

At its meeting of 10 November 1986 the heritage Council recommended that it was not possible to keep Sabbath Hall and that in the light of the withdrawal of Parish objections to proceed with the making of a permanent Conservation Order. This was gazetted on 13 February 1987.

In 1989 a small grant of up to $2,000 was made to the Parish on a $ for $ basis for conservation works and advice to the 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. Architectural styles and periods - Victorian Gothic Revival-
8. Culture-Developing cultural institutions and ways of life Religion-Activities associated with particular systems of faith and worship Practising Presbyterianism-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0037202 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0037213 Feb 87 33 

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Data source

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Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045522
File number: S90/01184 & HC 32980

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