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Yilki Uniting Church
Yilki Uniting Church  08-01-2020 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria
Yilki Uniting Church  08-01-2020 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria

Yilki Uniting Church

Encounter Bay, SA 5211

Church Information

Church Name: Yilki Uniting Church
Church Previous Name: Jeffries Memorial Congregational Church
Denomination: Uniting Church in Australia
Street Address: 28 Giles St, Encounter Bay SA 5211, Australia
Suburb: Encounter Bay
State: SA
Postcode: 5211
Foundation Stone Laid: 01-11-1919
Foundation Stone Notes: 

Foundation stone records: Jeffries Memorial Church - This stone was laid by - Mr R T Sweetman - Nov 1st 1919.

An historical plaque records: Jefferis Memorial Church - Named after the Reverend Dr James Jefferis, a leading Congregational minister, this church was opened in 1919 to meet the needs of the people of Yilki. Services had previously been held in his home, the former Fountain Inn, which he had purchased in 1894. Land for the church was donated by the Jefferis family, Mary Rumbelow donated the limestone for the building and Cain Rumbelow procured the granite rock from West Island for the foundation stone. This stone was laid by Robert Sweetman, Sunday School Superintendent and Chairman of the District Council of Encounter Bay. The Gothic church has a high gabled roof with a small porch, also with a gabled roof. It was built by Johannes Fred Bartel who had constructed the Newlandtown Congregational Church in 1918. The first wedding, held in 1920, was that of Charles Walker and Ida Bolger, whose family ran the Yantoowarra Guest House on the seafront.

Date Opened: 00-00-1919
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The Yilkie Uniting Church, Encounter Bay celebrated its centenary on 3/11/2019. It was built on land donated in memory of James Jefferis (1833~1917), a congregational minister who came to Australia in 1959. Prior to the building of this church services had been held at the Tabernacle Church, Encounter Bay. The bell from the Tabernacle Church is now located on the current church building. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 6/2/2020.

For a photograph of the Tabernacle Church built in 1846 see - https://www.samemory.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?c=1723&mode=singleImage
Last Updated: Thursday 6th February, 2020