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St Andrew's Presbyterian Church and Hall

Item details

Name of item: St Andrew's Presbyterian Church and Hall
Other name/s: St. Andrew's, St. Andrews
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Religion
Category: Church
Location: Lat: -31.0784478299 Long: 152.8428282860
Primary address: 67 Smith Street, Kempsey, NSW 2440
Parish: Yarravel
County: Dudley
Local govt. area: Kempsey
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Kempsey
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT3 DP707914
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
67 Smith StreetKempseyKempseyYarravelDudleyPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Label Craft Pty LtdPrivate29 Mar 99

Statement of significance:

St Andrew's Church is a small stuccoed brick structure with corrugated iron roof built in the Victorian Gothic style in 1890. The buildings reflect the evolution of the presbyterian Church in Kempsey. The buildings are aesthetically important to the streetscape. (Heritage Office files)
Date significance updated: 22 Mar 01
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Construction years: 1890-
Physical description: St Andrew's Church is a small stuccoed brick structure with corrugated iron roof built in the Victorian Gothic style in 1890.

The interior displays an elaborately carved scissor truss roof lined with timber and several original stained glass windows. (Heritage Office files)
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Physical condition is good.
Date condition updated:22 Mar 01
Current use: Retail
Former use: Place of worship


Historical notes: On 9 October 1861 a Mr W Smith presented the parcel of land on which the Church now stands and a small timber hall which was used as a schoolhouse was erected shortly afterwards on the land.

In September 1883 the Rev J. Miller Ross held a meeting of Presbyterians on the Macleay and he was told that there was room for two more Presbyterian Charges. It was decided to start with one, and the outcome was the ordination and induction of Mr Matthew Bell on Sunday, 30 March 1884, as the first Minister of the Kempsey Charge.

As a result the schoolhouse was converted into a Church in 1884 A church was also built at Fredrickton and preaching stations also included Gladstone, Belgrave and Green Hills.

Mr Bell was transferred to Urana in 1888. The Rev John Taylor was inducted on 24 June 1888 and at once formed a Session.

On 16 February 1890 a new church in Kempsey, costing 600 pounds and a further 150 pounds for furnishings was opened. It was constructed adjacent to the old church.

In 1983 the Heritage Council was advised that it was proposed to demolition the Church, old schoolhouse (Church Hall) and manse for the development of a shopping centre. Following a site inspection and report of the Church, the Heritage Council at its meeting of 2 November 1983 recommended that an Interim Heritage Order be placed over the property to allow the excision of a suitable curtilage for the Church.

Following representations by the Presbyterian Church, the local member and the developer it was agreed that a compromise was reached involving retention of the Church and Church Hall and a reduced curtilage, but provided for the demolition of the Manse. This compromise left the way open for the Church and Church Hall to be retained and reused.

The Interim Conservation Order was gazetted on 16 November 1984. A Permanent Conservation Order was placed over the Church and Church Hall on 19 July 1985.

The Church and Church Hall was transferred to the State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999 (Heritage Office files)

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)-

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 0038402 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0038419 Jul 85 1053660
Regional Environmental Plan  23 Dec 94   
Local Environmental Plan  19 Mar 93   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
WrittenRev C. A. White1951A History of the Presbyterian Church of Australia

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045533
File number: S90/04818 & HC 33045

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