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St Peter's Uniting Church - Former
St Peter's Uniting Church - Former 21-05-2018 - Peter Liebeskind
St Peter's Uniting Church - Former 23-05-2018 - Peter Liebeskind

St Peter's Uniting Church - Former

Parramatta, NSW 2150

Church Information

Church Name: St Peter's Uniting Church - Former
Church Previous Name: Parramatta Congregational Church
Denomination: Uniting Church in Australia
Street Address: 356 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
Suburb: Parramatta
State: NSW
Postcode: 2150
Foundation Stone Laid: 24-05-1871
Foundation Stone Notes: 

The foundation stone was laid on 24/5/1871 by Mr John Fairfax, founder of The Sydney Morning Herald. The text on the foundation stone is not known. Information/photographs are invited.

A stone tablet high up on the front wall records: Congregational Church A D 1871.

Date Opened: 19-05-1872
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org

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The former St Peter's Uniting Church, Parramatta (formally Parramatta Congregational Church), is now closed, and the property has been sold. It name was changed some time after it joined the Uniting Church in Australia, in 1977.

St Peter's was founded in 1870, although missionaries for many years before had held services in the district. Dedicated effort to start a local Congregational church was begun in earnest in May 1870, by the Rev T S Forsaith, who held meetings in the School of Arts. Land was purchased on 30/1/1871, the foundation stone was laid on 24/5/1871 and the church was opened on 19/5/1872.1

The church building was also used by the Chinese Evangelical Church about 1996.

More historical information/photographs of the former church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 26/12/2020.

Note 1: illuminate (27th Jun 2019). A Church is not a building: a history of Congregationalism in Parramatta from 1798 to 1970. In Website illuminate. Retrieved 26th Dec 2020 20:52, from https://illuminate.recollect.net/nodes/view/1639.

Last Updated: Saturday 26th December, 2020
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