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Smith of Dunesk Church
Smith of Dunesk Church 29-08-2022 - Jeff Noble
Smith of Dunesk Church 29-08-2022 - Jeff Noble

Smith of Dunesk Church

Beltana, SA 5730

Church Information

Church Name: Smith of Dunesk Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Presbyterian Church of Australia
Street Address: 9 First St, Beltana SA 5730, Australia
Suburb: Beltana
State: SA
Postcode: 5730
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

Masonry sign on front of building records: Smith of - Dunsek Mission.

A plaque records: To the Glory of God - The Smith of Dunesk Church - was commissioned as a worship centre of the - Presbyterian Church of South Australia - by - Rt Rev Michael Grieve - (Moderator) - and - Rev Jack Knapp - (Converor ~ Presbyterian Inland Mission) - 29th September 1996.

Date Opened: 00-00-1894
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The Smith of Dunesk Church, Beltana is part of the Presbyterian Church of South Australia. "Beltana was the base for the Smith of Dunesk Mission a travelling mission across far northern SA. The venture was approved by the Church of Scotland and the money was provided from a fund set up by Mrs Henrietta Smith from Dunesk in Scotland. Hence the name of the church. The mission based in Beltana provided primitive medical and dental services as well as pastoral services to lonely folk. The mission was the foundation of the Australian Inland Mission and the Royal Flying Doctor Service which provides services across the outback. The church is owned by the Presbyterian Church and services are still held there on occasions." [Sourced from: Smith of Dunesk Mission — Beltana].The establsihment of the Smith of Dunesk Mission based at Beltana in South Australia in 1894 enabled a series of Presbyterian Ministers to be sent out to the areas north of Beltana: they also established a nursing service at Oodnadatta in 1907. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 21/2/2024.

Last Updated: Saturday 24th February, 2024