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Castlereagh Chapel
unknown 06-09-2016 - Peter Liebeskind
Castlereagh Chapel 06-09-2016 - Peter Liebeskind

Castlereagh Chapel

Castlereagh, NSW 2749

Church Information

Church Name: Castlereagh Chapel
Church Previous Name: Castlereagh Wesleyan Methodist Church
Denomination: Uniting Church in Australia
Street Address: 297-305 Old Castlereagh Rd, Castlereagh NSW 2749, Australia
Suburb: Castlereagh
State: NSW
Postcode: 2749
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

No Foundation Stone or Memorial Plaque details are known. Information/photographs are invited.

A notice board records: On this site John Lees built the first Wesleyan Chapel in Australia - 1817.

Date Opened: 00-10-1817
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The present Castlereagh Chapel was built about 1847.

An earlier Methodist Chapel at Castlereagh is believed to be the first Methodist place of worship built in Australia. It was a slab building attached to the home of John Lees. Later he built a weatherboard chapel which opened in October 1817. This he gave to the Methodist Church. "Lees was a former member of the NSW Corps and led a life 'highlighted by drink and gambling', until recovery from a snakebite precipitated his reform." (Extracted from https://penrithhistory.com/buildings/churches/castlereagh-methodist-church/

A cemetery adjoins the chapel.

More historical information/photographs of the chapel/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 3/8/2020.




Last Updated: Tuesday 17th August, 2021