Niel Black Memorial Presbyterian Church
Niel Black Memorial Presbyterian Church 12-01-2018 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria
Niel Black Memorial Presbyterian Church - Hall 12-01-2018 - John Conn, Templestowe, Victoria

Niel Black Memorial Presbyterian Church

Noorat, VIC 3265

Church Information

Church Name: Niel Black Memorial Presbyterian Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Presbyterian Church of Australia
Street Address: Glenormiston Rd & Mackinnons Bridge Rd, Noorat VIC 3265, Australia
Suburb: Noorat
State: VIC
Postcode: 3265
Foundation Stone Laid: 26-04-1882
Foundation Stone Notes: 

The foundation stone was laid by Mrs Black on 26/4/1882.

A stone records: Niel Black - Mount Noorat - who died 15 May 1880 - This church erected by - his widow and sons - 1893.

A plaque on the hall records: Niel Walter Black - Memorial Hall 1912.

A plaque on the property entrance gateway frame records: In memory of - Alexander Dennis - 1844 - 1931 - and his wife Jessie.

Date Opened: 00-00-1882
Date Closed: unknown


The Neil Black Presbyterian Church, Noorat is part of the Presbytery of South West Victoria.

In October, 1873 Rev S Fraser (of the Terang Charge) conducted the first service in Noorat, at the home of Mr and Mrs Carson. A Sunday School was established and a wooden church building erected in Noorat in 1874. (In 1894 services began at Glenormiston North and in 1896 the old Noorat Church building was moved there. What happened to this building no one seems to know).

The present church was built in 1893 as a memorial to Niel Black (1802-1880) by his widow Grace, and three sons.

The Niel Walter Black Memorial Sunday School and Guild Hall was built by A J Black and S G Black in memory of their younger brother who died when the "Waratah" was lost at sea in 1908.

More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 15/1/2018.

Last Updated: Sunday 31st October, 2021