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Leigh Memorial Church
Leigh Memorial Uniting Church 00-00-1885 - dailytelegraph.com.au - See Note.

Leigh Memorial Uniting Church

Parramatta, NSW 2150

Church Information

Church Name: Leigh Memorial Uniting Church
Church Previous Name: Leigh Memorial Methodist Church
Denomination: Uniting Church in Australia
Street Address: 119 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
Suburb: Parramatta
State: NSW
Postcode: 2150
Foundation Stone Laid: 06-02-1884
Foundation Stone Notes: 

Foundation stones were laid by: Mrs Ellen Schofield, Mrs Elizabeth Hunt, Sir Wigram Allen and The Hon James Byrnes. The text on the foundation stones is not known. Information/photographs are invited.

A plaque records: Our Historic Record: 1816: First Wesleyan Services held in Parramatta by Samuel Leigh - 1821: April 21st. Wesleyan Chapel opened, built by Walter Lawry - 1839: Jubilee Church Hall constructed in Macquarie St. - 1885: June 21st. This City Church opened.

Date Opened: 21-06-1885
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The Leigh Memorial Uniting Church, Parramatta building, opened on 21/6/1885, and is the third church building to stand on the same site. The first was the Walter Lawry Chapel in 1821, the second the Macquarie Hall in 1839. It was named after the Rev Samuel Leigh the first Methodist Missionary to arrive in Australia in 1815. A Fijian congregation also meets in the church property.The original spire was damaged by lightning in 1919, and had to be removed for safety reasons. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 28/12/2020.

Note: Photograph attribution/source - https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/uniting-church-reaches-new-heights-in-41m-development/news-story/8ebd73071d18958c699d339d01c130bc

For more of the church story see - illuminate (3rd Jun 2019). Our church valuing the past claiming the present seeking the future: an historical sketch of Leigh Memorial Church, Parramatta in its 125th anniversary year 1885-2010 and of the Westmead Fijian congregations of Parramatta Mission. In Website illuminate. Retrieved 28th Dec 2020 09:52, from https://illuminate.recollect.net.au/nodes/views/161.



Last Updated: Saturday 4th February, 2023