Bathurst Presbyterian Church

Bathurst Presbyterian Church

Bathurst, NSW 2795

Church Information

Church Name: Bathurst Presbyterian Church
Church Previous Name: St Stephen's Presbyterian Church
Denomination: Presbyterian Church of Australia
Street Address: 72 George St, Bathurst NSW 2795, Australia
Suburb: Bathurst
State: NSW
Postcode: 2795
Foundation Stone Laid: 07-09-1871
Foundation Stone Notes: Foundation stone for the new St Stephen's. A time capsule (glass jar) was placed in a cavity below this stone. It contained a half-sovereign, a half-crown, a shilling, a sixpence, a threepenny bit and a bronze penny piece along with a copy of ‘The Presbyterian Magazine, a printed description of the building, a copy each of ‘The Bathurst Times’, ‘Bathurst Free Press’ and ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ and lastly a parchment scroll dedication of the ceremony noting the date, names of office-bearers and those officiating at the ceremony. The stone was laid by Rev. Adam Thomson (St Stephens Sydney) whereupon he was presented with a mallet and trowel to commemorate the occasion. The mallet was engraved with a monogram of his initials while the trowel bore the inscription “Presented to the Rev. Adam Thomson, on the occasion of his laying the Foundation Stone of St Stephens Church, Bathurst, September 7, 1871”. (Waugh, 1932, p.62) Possible location of foundation stone (Kirk Chronicle 1932, May) The new church: The architect was Thomas Rowe (Sydney), the work was carried out under the supervision of H.M. Sadlier (Bathurst) and built by James Douglas with subcontractors for the masonry Cripps & Lang (Sydney) and sculptor H. Bowd. It was opened and dedicated to the worship of God Sunday 29th Sept 1872.[ more information and identification of author invited]
Date Opened: 29-09-1872
Date Closed: unknown


The present Bathurst Presbyterian Church, built in 1872, replaced the original Presbyterian Church in William Street, which had become too small. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 7/9/2019.
Last Updated: Saturday 7th September, 2019