Cookinburra Church
Cookinburra Church 12-12-2022 - Derek Flannery
Cookinburra Church - Presbyterian Congregation 00-00-1995 - Albury Presbyterian Church - See Note 1.

Cookinburra Church

Indigo Valley, VIC 3688

Church Information

Church Name: Cookinburra Church
Church Previous Name: Cookinburra Presbyterian Church/Cookinburra Community Church
Denomination: Presbyterian Church of Australia
Street Address: Church Rd & Pooleys Rd, Indigo Valley VIC 3688, Australia
Suburb: Indigo Valley
State: VIC
Postcode: 3688
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: No Foundation Stone or Memorial Plaque details are known. Information/photographs are invited.
Date Opened: 00-00-1937
Date Closed: unknown


The Cookinburra Church/Cookinburra Community Church, Indigo Valley - the following was extracted from the Albury (formerly St Andrew's) Presbyterian Church Jubilee Booklet published for its anniversary on 16/11/1997.

1977 Church Union                                                                                                                                                                                                       New members joining St Andrew's after Union. 'Among these newcomers was the Cookinburra Presbyterian Congregation from Victoria'.

'The formation of the Uniting Church of Australia left Cookinburra Presbyterian Church with its closest sister congregation the other side of Benalla or North Albury. Cookinburra became a 'linked charge' with St Andrew's at the time of Church Union. A roster to provide pulpit supply was organised for their services. This continues in 1997.

The history of Cookinburra Church goes back to 1865 when a small brick church was built on the present site of the church. An Anglican rector froin Yackandandah, probably the Rev J H May conducted the services. In 1874 when the Middle Indigo School was opened a decision was made to use the school building as a church for Christian Services of any denomination. It is known as 'The Cookinburra Church' and is owned and maintained by the people of the district, being used for worship by the Uniting Church and the Presbyterian Church. The present church was built in 1937.

Families in both the Indigo and Cookinburra Valleys, between Barnawartha and Yackandandah, attend the church, in earlier days approximately 50-60 people.

The current exodus of young people from rural areas, and lack of interet in spiritual things, means that only a faithful few now worship regularly.'1

More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 28/8/2022 & 16/2/2023.

Note 1:  [page 11]


Last Updated: Thursday 16th February, 2023