Gwalla Church - Former
Gwalla Church - Former 06-06-2004 - Tanya Henkel - RHA - inHerit - State Heritage Office - See N
Gwalla Church - Former 19-09-1981 - F A Sharr - inHerit - State Heritage Office - See Note.

Gwalla Street, Northampton Church - Former

Northampton, WA 6535

Church Information

Church Name: Gwalla Street, Northampton Church - Former
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Unknown
Street Address: Gwalla St, Northampton WA 6535, Australia
Suburb: Northampton
State: WA
Postcode: 6535
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: No Foundation Stone or Memorial Plaque details are known. Information/photographs are invited.
Date Opened: unknown
Date Closed: 00-00-1913


The former Gwalla Church building was constructed in 1861. It was the first church building to be constructed in Northampton, and the cemertery was the first established in the district. They were donated by Joseph Horrocks, an ex-convict, convict ship’s surgeon and important figure in the development of Gwalla. He had a specific stipulation that the church be non-denominational. The building was partly demolished in 1929. Today the  site contains the Gwalla Church and Cemetery comprising the church ruins in a stone walled yard, and the random rubble stone walled cemetery with its associated graves.

The Gwalla Church served the community for may years before being replaced by the building of individual churches by the various denominations. The final service was held in 1913. Although a church service is now held once a year at the site.

Photographs uploaded 3/10/2018.

For a fuller story see - The Western Australian Historical Society  - Journal - Early Northampton - An undenominational church - p 30-36 by the Hon J M Drew MLC - read before the society - 24 June 1932$FILE/MP260%20Drew%20JM.pdf.PDF

Note: Photograph - attribution/source -


Last Updated: Saturday 3rd August, 2019