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Newtown Mission
Newtown Mission 26-12-2007 - J Bar - See Note.
Newtown Mission 00-00-1907 - Allens - See Note.

Newtown Mission

Newtown, NSW 2042

Church Information

Church Name: Newtown Mission
Church Previous Name: Newtown Wesleyan Methodist Church/Newtown Methodist Church/Newtown Uniting Church
Denomination: Uniting Church in Australia
Street Address: 284 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Suburb: Newtown
State: NSW
Postcode: 2042
Foundation Stone Laid: 30-08-1859
Foundation Stone Notes: 

Foundation Stone laid in 30/8/1859. The text on the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited.

'The firm [Allens] ... holds a mallet used by founder George Allen to lay the foundation stone for a new Wesleyan chapel in Newtown, Sydney in 1859. George Allen was known for his charitable pursuits and was an active in the Wesleyan Missionary Society, holding the position of treasurer for fifty years.

From around 1840, church services were held in small cottages in Newtown but on 30 August 1859 the first stone was laid for the construction of a new chapel on nearby King Street to accommodate the growing congregation. George Allen was given the honour of laying the first stone.

A bottle was deposited underneath the stone bearing a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald and Empire newspapers from the day, along with a copy of the Wesley Record and a document outlining the proceedings of the day, a list of attendees and details of the parish...

It was noted in the Sydney Morning Herald the following day that George Allen 'laid the stone with the customary forms in a workman like manner' and said: 'I lay this stone as the foundation stone of a temple for the worship of the Triune God'. It was winter and perhaps George Allen felt the formalities had gone on long enough because he concluded his comments by saying 'After the long and comprehensive prayer offered by Mr Kent [Reverend S C Kent], it is unnecessary for me to make any additional remarks to that prayer, therefore, I shall simply say amen.' [Sourced from: https://www.allens.com.au/about/towards-200/hidden-treasures/].

Date Opened: 00-00-1860
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The 'Newtown Mission is a church located in the heart of Newtown'. it was formerly the Newtown Uniting Church which opened in 1860. The first Wesleyan services were held in cottages at the corner of King and Eliza Streets from about 1840. A chapel to cater for the congregation was built in 1850, at the corner of King Street and Erskineville Road. The present church building was erected on the current site in 1859/60 to cater for the growing congregation. The date of conversion to the Newtown Mission is not known. More historical information/photographs of the church(es)/congregation(s) are invited. Photographs uploaded 22/11/2020.

Note: Photograph attribution/source -By J Bar - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3281611

Note: Photograph attribution/source - https://www.allens.com.au/about/towards-200/hidden-treasures/

Last Updated: Wednesday 6th April, 2022