St Matthew's Anglican Church
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St Matthew's Anglican Church

Olinda, VIC 3788

Church Information

Church Name: St Matthew's Anglican Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Anglican Church of Australia
Street Address: 17 Monash Ave, Olinda VIC 3788, Australia
Suburb: Olinda
State: VIC
Postcode: 3788
Foundation Stone Laid: unknown
Foundation Stone Notes: 

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

A plaque inside the church building records: Erected to God's Glory - by - Sunday School - Miss J Lyle Supt. - When e'er this sweet bell peals - o'er hill & dale - let Jesus Christ be praised.

Date Opened: 09-07-1903
Date Closed: unknown


St Matthew's Church of England was erected on this site in 1903. It was built by a small, but determined, congregation of Olinda Pioneers. Prior to the church being built worship services were held in the home of settlers Mr & Mrs John Thomas. The church was dedicated by Archdeacon A W Handley on 9/7/1903.

The Parish had its first resident Vicar in 1931 after the construction of a Vicagage.

St Matthew's Church Hall was previously the Mernda Methodist Church. Mernda was was the name given to the area between Olinda and Monbulk. The name Mernda was dropped as it was an established name elsewhere. The Mernda Methodist Church was ereced in 1901, on land donated by Mrs Mary Ann Warner, an untrained nurse and midwife. By the late 1920's a decision was made to build a new and larger Methodist Church in the Olinda Township. The old church was closed. In 1935 St Matthew's which also needed additional space purchased the old Methodist Church Building and had it moved by horse and dray to its present site alongside St Matthew's Church. The hall is the oldest church building in the hills.

More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 13/5/2017.          

Last Updated: Monday 12th August, 2019