Gawler Baptist Church - Former
Gawler Baptist Church - Former 00-00-1960 - Unknown - Provided by Jeff Noble
Gawler Baptist Church - Former 14-01-2011 - Jeff Noble

Gawler Baptist Church - Former

Gawler, SA 5118

Church Information

Church Name: Gawler Baptist Church - Former
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Baptist
Street Address: 18 Murray St, Gawler SA 5118, Australia
Suburb: Gawler
State: SA
Postcode: 5118
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: A heritage notice board records: Baptist Church - 18 Murray Street -The Baptist religious community is first recorded as having services in Gawler in early 1866 at the then Oddfellows Hall at 63 Murray Street. The first ministers included the Reverend Silas Mead and the Reverend Parkin. History records that the first church baptism was conducted in the South Para river. - The original building on site was constructed in 1870 as both a church and school premises. Prior to the establishment of State funded schools under the Education Act 1875, most schooling in South Australia was conducted in small schools operated either by churches or private individuals. - Additions were constructed in 1873, class rooms added in 1879 and 1900, and a lecture hall in 1923 as a memorial to William Poiden, a Gawler carpenter and church supporter. The limestone and brick materials and the style and ornamentation of the original building have been continued in later additions to retain a cohesive appearance in the complex of buildings.
Date Opened: 00-01-1870
Date Closed: 24-05-2015


The former Gawler Baptist Church held its final service on 24/5/2015, with the property sale completed in June 2015. The congregation continues as Clovie Gawler, a campus of the Clovercrest Baptist Church, based at Modbury (it is still seeking permanent accommodation). The church had been and remains a member of the Baptist Churches South Australia & Northern Territory. The first church meetings were held in a private home with the first service in the Oddfellows Hall held on 18/2/1866, and conducted by Mr Charlesworth. The first building was opened in January 1870. More historical information/photographs of the former church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 26/2/2024.

For more of the Church story see - Souvenir of the Gawler Baptist Church Jubilee 1866 ~ 1916. 
Last Updated: Monday 26th February, 2024