Wollongong Congregational Church
Wollongong Congregational Church 01-04-2019 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria
Wollongong Congregational Church 01-04-2019 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria

Wollongong Congregational Church

Wollongong, NSW 2500

Church Information

Church Name: Wollongong Congregational Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Congregational (Fellowship and Other)
Street Address: 33 Market St, Wollongong NSW 2500, Australia
Suburb: Wollongong
State: NSW
Postcode: 2500
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

Notice on the gable of the church records: Congregational - Church - Est 1855.

A plaque at the front of the church records: Wollongong Congregational Church - The church building was opened on 6th August, 1857. - Before this, the Congregational fellowship, - which had been established in 1855, - held services in a small wooden chapel - around the corner in Kembla (Camla) St. - The shop owner, David Jones (to whom a window is dedicated), - and the owner of the Sydney (Morning) Herald, John Fairfax, - were trustees of the church and regular visitors, - travelling by steamer from Sydney to Belmore Basin. - The Illawarra Mercury in its report of the opening - described the building as being "54 feet by 30 feet: - capable of seating 200 persons and is fitted with cedar throughout. - The roof is  open and the windows are gothic... - The church is entered by an ornamental portico, - approached by a flight of stone steps, and the ground in - which it is erected is enclosed by a neat paling." - While there have been a number of changes to the - interior of the church over the years - to meet the changing needs of the congregation, - and a succession of halls added at the rear, - the structure of the building is largely as it was in 1857. - "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever." 

A tablet in the church records: Sacred to the Memory - of - George Hewlett - One of the Founders - of this Church. - Deacon and Secretary - for 30 years - Supertendent of Sunday - School for 35 years - Died 24th March 1894 - Aged 74 years - A man greatly beloved - Erected by the - Sunday School, Old Scholars - and Members of the Church.


Date Opened: 06-08-1857
Date Closed: unknown
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The Wollongong Congregational Church is a member of the Fellowship of Congregational Churches founded in 1977. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 22/4/2019.
Last Updated: Monday 22nd April, 2019