Wickliffe Uniting Church - Former
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Wickliffe Uniting Church - Former

Wickliffe, VIC 3379

Church Information

Church Name: Wickliffe Uniting Church - Former
Church Previous Name: Wickliffe Presbyterian Church
Denomination: Uniting Church in Australia
Street Address: 26 Walker St, Wickliffe VIC 3379, Australia
Suburb: Wickliffe
State: VIC
Postcode: 3379
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

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

An historical plaque records: Presbyterian Church - The first Presbyterian minister, Rev John McLachlan, was appointed to the Wickliffe District in 1851. He lived at a nearby station and officiated throughout Wickliffe, Hopkins Hill and Dunkeld areas until 1856.

Services were conducted in the Hopkins Hotel until the local congregation obtained a government grant and raised 1,000 [pounds] towards the new buildings. The gothic style church and manse were opened in May 1861, with Rev Edward Blair as minister.

Mr John Dickson Wyselaskie of Narrapumelap, one of the founding members and benefactors, had the 70ft steeple and bell tower added in 1878. His generosity is recored by a memorial tablet in the church.

The bell-ringer in 1898 was paid 10 [shillings] annually but eventually volunteers took up the task.

A new parish manse was built in Lake Bolac in 1954 and this one was then used for meetings and Sunday School.

Church of England services were also held in this church 1862-1950.


Date Opened: 00-05-1861
Date Closed: 00-00-2016
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


The former Wickliffe Uniting Church property is now privately owned. It was built about 1861 with tower added in 1878, through the generosity of John Dickson Wyselaske, a local pastoralist. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 20/10/2016 & 20/1/2020.

For more of the church story see - The history of the Wickliffe Presbyterian Church/compiled by A E Grylls. Library Australia ID 21363682. Not sighted.
Last Updated: Saturday 21st March, 2020