Robe Methodist Church - Former
Robe Methodist Church - Former 07-01-2020 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria
Robe Methodist Church - Former - School Children 00-00-1870 - State Library of South Australia - See Note.

Robe Methodist Church - Former

Robe, SA 5276

Church Information

Church Name: Robe Methodist Church - Former
Church Previous Name: Bible Christian Chaple
Denomination: Methodist (Wesleyan and Other)
Street Address: 1 Davenport St, Robe SA 5276, Australia
Suburb: Robe
State: SA
Postcode: 5276
Foundation Stone Laid: 14-09-1868
Foundation Stone Notes: 

The foundation stone was laid on 14/9/1868 by Mr H Seymour of Killanoola. The text on the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited.

An historic plaque records:  Bible Christian Church - This hilltop chapel was founded by the Bible Christians in 1869. It later became a Wesleyan Chapel and then the Robe Methodist (Uniting) Church. After South Australia introduced public education in 1871, it served as Robe's first Governemnt School until the present school opened in 1885. Records show that about 40 pupils, seated at six long desks, were taught by a Mr J L Miller....

Date Opened: 01-01-1869
Date Closed: unknown


The former Robe Methodist Church property is now privately owned.

It was the fourth church in Robe, when the foundation stone was laid at 3pm on September 14 1868. it was opened on New Years Day 1869. The State Council of Education purchased the church/school for 300 pounds in 1875 and established it as a Governmment School until it became too small. A new school was built and opened in 1886. In 2005 the church building was purchased by a private owner.

"After 1886..widely the belief is: the church once again became the home of the Methodists, and certainly in the latter years this was the case. Maybe Robe residents remember attending services and the younger ones Sunday School in the buulding! However early records for this period have proven to be elusive, so statement of the church being used only by the Methodists during this extensive period is conjecture'. This information was taken from notes on a display, of the history of Robe, in the Local Library. Visited 7/1/2020.

More historical information/photographs of the former church/congregation are invited. Photogrphs uploaded 1/2/2020.

Note: Photograph attribution/source -
Last Updated: Monday 3rd February, 2020