United Welsh Church
United Welsh Church 20-10-2015 - By Shiftchange (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia
United Welsh Church 24-04-2014 - John Huth, Wilston, Brisbane.

United Welsh Church

Blackstone, QLD 4304

Church Information

Church Name: United Welsh Church
Church Previous Name: Welsh Union Church/Welsh Chapel
Denomination: Other Denominations
Street Address: 6 Thomas St, Blackstone QLD 4304, Australia
Suburb: Blackstone
State: QLD
Postcode: 4304
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

No Foundation Stone or Memorial Plaque details are known. Information/photographs are invited.

A plaque by the Ipswich City Council records: Heritage Plaque - Blackstone United Welsh Church...Designed by Samuel Shenton and built by Worley and Whitehead this church the only Welsh church in Queensland was opened on 1 October 1886 for Welsh coalminers and their families.

A plaque records: This stone is erected - to commemorate - 100 years of worship - of the - United Welsh Church Blackstone - 1883~1983 - YOGONIANT I DDUW - MAWR YW Y PETHAU A GWNEUTHUR

A plaque records: This stone - From an area near Brynhyfryd - is to mark the 100th Anniversary- of the church building - I dduw y byddo y diolch

Date Opened: 01-10-1886
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The United Welsh Church, Blackstone.

Welsh miners, who had arrived to work in the local coal mine in 1883, first held Protestant services under a mulberry tree on the banks of the Bundamba Creek. Deciding that Welsh nationalism was more important than minor sectarian differences, the first combined service was held in a church hall in Newtown on 19/7/1883. Later services were held in a cottage provided by Lewis Thomas, mine owner. When this became too small he donated land for a church and also helped fund the church. It was built in 1886. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 18/5/2017.

Last Updated: Sunday 28th April, 2019