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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria Malvern East, Victoria

The Archives has extensive material (Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational and Uniting Church) stored off site and a Reference Library which is on site. The Archives are financed by the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania and staffed by an Archivist and volunteers. The Archives are part of the Uniting Church's national network of archives and linked with UCA Historical Society (VIC) in Lectures and displays. Research is undertaken for a fee.

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54 Serrell Street Malvern East VIC 3145 (map)
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+61 (03) 9571 5476

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Thursdays 9.00am - 4.00pm. Fridays by appointment.

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54 Serrell Street Malvern East Victoria

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We have a fairly complete Methodist collection with significant holdings of Congregational and Presbyterian material. We also have a collection of Uniting Church Archives at State and local level.

Jean woods 17 September 2018 5:45 PM

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

St Andrew's Footscray Church Anniversary banner. Painted calico.

Inscriptions & Markings

"CHURCH ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY MAY 27 11AM REV. J SINDREY 7PM REV. R. COOK PRESIDENT CONGREGATIONAL UNION OF VICTORIA. SOCIAL. SERVICES. SINGING. SPEAKERS.

Communion token

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Polygon shaped communion token with letters and a year on the obverse, the reverse is blank.

Inscriptions & Markings

"MIH K KR 1741"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B&W head and shoulders studio portrait of Bishop James Armstrong (USA United Methodist Church)

Historical information

Bishop James Armstrong of the United Methodist Church of the USA visited Victoria on a speaking tour.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B&W head and shoulders photograph of Rev. Kevin Cranwell and Mrs Christine Cranwell.

Historical information

Rev. Kevin Cranwell (retired 1/4/2012). Ordained December 1987. One appointment - Williamstown 01/1988–30/4/1989. On leave from 1/5/1989 to retirement. Prior to theological study Kevin was active as a layman and lay preacher in the Sunbury Joint Methodist-Presbyterian parish and then Wesley Shepparton.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kevin and Chris Cranwell

Photographic print block

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Small wood block with photographic plate. Head shoulders image of an unknown minister.

Photographic print block

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Head and shoulders of unknown woman.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "23"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W studio photograph of Rev James Rogers, Mrs Agnes Rogers (nee Caldwell) and their children. The images of two men in uniform (presumably absent overseas) have been superimposed on the photograph to complete the family group.

Historical information

James Rogers was born in Wallaroo, South Australia, but came to Sailor's Gully, Eaglehawk with his family as an infant. He was converted in a Salvation Army meeting at Bendigo. He became a member of the Primitive Methodist Church at Eaglehawk. He was stationed at: 1888 Murtoa; 1889 Hamilton; 1892 Melbourne, Collingwood; 1892 Beaconsfield; 1894 Penguin; 1900 Castlemaine; 1905 Dimboola; 1909 Geelong, Yarra St.; 1913 Kilcunda & Powlett River; 1917 Kyabram; 1920 North Melbourne; 1923 Brighton; 1928 Prahran; 1932 Supernumerary Hawthorn. Gaol Chaplain 1909 - 1912; Hospital Chaplain 1935 - 1936Died 2nd September 1937 Agnes Rogers (nee Caldwell) was born in 1867, married James Rogers in 1892 and died in 1951. The children in the photograph are: James Stanley (born 1893), John David (born 1895), Agnes Pricilla (born 1897), Robert Leslie (born 1899), Jean (born 1900), Ethel Margaret (born 1903), Amelia Florence (born 1905) Lois Susan and Ella (twins born 1908).

Cradle roll

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

The National Sunday School Union paper poster sized cradle roll for the years 1955-1969 on linen backing with a metal strip at each end. The roll has the handwritten names and dates of the children on the roll.

Inscriptions & Markings

"CRADLE ROLL"

Regalia - Deputy Chief Ray Sash

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

MGC009.1 Deputy Chief Ray gold Sash with gold fringed ends and "D.C.R." in satin stitch inside royal blue stem-stitched circle. 1st Degree circle, 2nd Degree star, 3rd Degree cross and crown gold metal symbols. MGC009.2 Deputy Chief Ray gold Sash with gold fringed ends and "D.C.R." in gold satin stitch on a royal blue appliqued ivy leaf. 2nd Degree star, 3rd Degree cross and gold metal crown above. This sash does not confirm to the standard outlined in the Methodist Girls' Comradeship Constitution.

Historical information

Sash was worn at all meetings except where the program made it in impractical.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W head and shoulders photograph of the Rev. David Macknight Jones, printed on buff card.

Historical information

David Macknight Jones was born on 31 January 1910, the son of the Rev. David Samuel Jones. He attended University High School, then Ormond college, where, after graduating in Arts, he studied Theology. He obtained his Bachelor of Divinity in 1936, and was ordained in St. Stephen's Church Toowoomba, where his father was the minister. He married Elizabeth Ann McLellan in 1938, and in the same year was inducted as the first Minister in the Western patrol (Timboon), Presbytery of Mortlake, Victoria. He was called to Scots Church Shepparton in 1941, to St. Andrew's Launceston in 1947, to Kew Presbyterian Church in 1950 and to Pascoe Vale in 1965. From 1971 he was Special Areas Officer, Home Missions. Died in 1990

Inscriptions & Markings

Rev.D. Macknight Jones, B.A., B.D. 1950 - 1965

Mezzotint Engraving - The Revd. John Wesley A.M.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W mezzotint engraving of the Rev. John Wesley, surmounting small etching of Epworth Church. Timber frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

The Revd. John Wesley, A.M. Fellow of Lincoln College Oxford. Born at Epworth in Lincolnshire June 28th 1703 Died in London March 2nd 1791 Epworth Church Drawn by J. Jackson, R.A. July 18th 1825 Published Aug. 1st 1825 by the Rev. Thos. Roberts Bristol.

Photograph - Kevin Green

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B&W head and shoulders photograph of Rev Kevin Green

Historical information

Kevin Green grew up in the Methodist Church in Carnegie and entered Queens College in 1954. After ministries in the United Kingdom, he was stationed in Carnegie-Ormond followed by North Melbourne for eight years and Wesley Mission for sixteen years.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Kevin Green"

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W head and shoulders portrait of Mrs Florence Anderson.

Historical information

Mrs Florence Anderson was President of Uniting Church Adult Fellowship in 1986, and again in 1989.

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Sepia portrait photo of Mrs. Orton seated.

Historical information

For an excellent history of Joseph Orton, see Heather Le Griffon, Campfire at the Cross. Sarah Jane Orton (née Bragg) was born 1796 and died in 1877. Twelve children, four of whom died in childbirth. Married Joseph Orton in 1815. Letters from Joseph in Jamaica to Sarah can be found at http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/_transcript/2012/D14750/a3991.htm.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Mrs Sarah Orton, wife of Joseph Orton who was the first minister of any denomination to preacher where Melbourne now stands. 1865–1869"

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Head and shoulders photograph of David Prest c. 1970s

Historical information

David Harris Prest (1931 - 2018) was brought up in Crystalbrook South Australia. He attended Prince Alfred College and was a resident at Lincoln Methodist College, taught in schools in South Australia, New South Wales and Cambridge United Kingdom before becoming head of Scotch College in Perth. He was Principal of Wesley College Melbourne 1972 - 1991.

Inscriptions & Markings

Prest D.H.

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W waist length photograph of the Rev. Leonard B. Eldridge dressed in uniform.

Historical information

Rev. Leonard Bailey Eldridge (1901 - 1981). Ordained 1925. Stationed at: Smithton (1926), Derby (1927), Campbell Town (1929), Franklin (1932), Deloraine (1933), Raywood (1936), Womboota (N.S.W. 1939), Military service A.I.F. 1940, military service A.M.F. 1941, Dunolly & Tarnagulla (1944), Wodonga & Bethanga (1947), Wangaratta (1951), Rochester (1955), Rushworth (1960), C.D. 1951 -1954, Compiler of Ministerial Records 1958 - 1962.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Sincerely yours VX36376 Pte L B Eldridge c/o Y.M.C.A. South Melbourne S.C.4"

Photograph - Parkville Presbyterian Church

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

G. H. Scott - Treasurer.

Historical information

The College Church congregation initially worshipped in Ormond College in 1891. In 1895 they purchased the site of the present building. A committee set out certain specifications (including the crown tower), and a competition for the best design was won by architect RA Lawson. The building, constructed by Lang Brothers of Parkville at a cost of 2,170 pounds, was opened in 1898. College Church remained the only parish church in Parkville until 1934. The outstanding element is the crown tower, a choice of the first minister, the Reverend Alexander Yule. It is a copy, albeit on a reduced scale, of King's College Chapel, Aberdeen University, of which Reverend Yule was a former student. This crown tower is the only example in Victoria and is possibly unique in Australia. The church is constructed of red brick and Oamaru sandstone with a steeply pitched slate roof and parapeted gables. Windows are in the Gothic pointed arch style. The interior of the Church has a fine timber ceiling with arch braces. There are a number of quality stained glass windows, the two largest being dedicated to Mungo Scott and his wife, Scott having been a benefactor of the Church. The late nineteenth century pipe organ was built by George Fincham and Son (Richmond), with Professor Franklin Peterson as consultant, and was completed in November 1903. In the 1940s College Church was internally re-ordered and this work was designed by prominent church architect, Louis Williams. The church became part of the Uniting Church in Australia in 1977, and ownership subsequently passed to Mar Thoma Syrian Church in 2008. From The Argus, Friday 19 April 1907: Rev. Alexander Yule washeld in highest esteem in his ministerialbrethren and a large circle of friends was abundanrly evident by the expressions ofsorrowful regret at his death and of sympathy with his widow and her three sonsby those who attended the funeral servicesyesterday morning. To most of those present the announcement of Mr. Yule's death, made in "The Argus" on Wednesday, came as a painful surprise. It was known that at the time of his ministerial jubilee last January he shown symptoms of failing health, and that his illness had gradually become more serious, but few among the intimate friends of the family thought the end was so near. Although Mr. Yule suffered much physical weakness, his mental faculties were unimpaired, and he was able to carry on his ministerial work almost to the last. He even conducted the services at the College Church, Parkville, on Sunday, March 31. Testimony is borne that his ministry was appreciated most highly by the important congregations, both in Scotland and Victoria, under his charge; that in the church courts he was a safe and wise counsellor; and that he did excellent service on various committees, and as the convenor of the Theological-hall committee, on which he was appointed by the General Assembly. The esteem in which he was regarded by the Presbyterian Church as a whole was expressed in his election in 1891 to the Moderator's chair of the Victorian Church, and to that of the Federal Assembly in 1901. The funeral service was held at College Church, the scene of Mr. Yule's ministry since 1891. The building was filled to overflowing by a congregation that included most of the members of the metropolitan presbyteries, representatives from several of the provincial presbyterues, the students of the Theological-hall, members of the Parkville congregation, and the children of Miss Sutherland's Home. The pulpit and furniture were draped in black, and the plain oak coffin rested on the communion-table. The simple yet impressive service usual with the Presbyterian Church was conducted by Professor Rentoul, president of the Theological-hall Senatus, who was assisted by Professor Skene, Rev. W. Fraser (moderator of the Melbourne North Presbytery), Rev. D. S. McEacharn, and the Rev. John Thomson, a life-long friend of the departed minister. The Dead March in "Saul" was played on the organ as the coffin was borne to the hearse. The procession along Parkville-crescent to the cemetery gates was a notable one, and in the following order:—Theological-hall students; the hearse; the chief mourners—Dr. Yule, Rev. A. Yule, Mr. James Yule, and Mr. Groom, M.H.R., a relative of the family; the Theological-hall professors and committee; members of the presbyteries; and other friends, making a large and repre-sentative gathering. At the grave Professor Rentoul, Rev. Dr. Meiklejohn, Rev. D. Ross, and the Rev. Dr. Marshall officiated. The pall-bearers were Revs. D. S. McEachran, J. Thomson, A. McDonald, R. J. Smith,Mr. P. McLennan and Mr. L. E. Groom, M.H.R. The funeral arrangement were in the hands of Mr. Josiah Holdsworth.

Photograph - Rosemary Myers

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Head and shoulders colour photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rosemary Myers C&N 13/6/1984 page 11"

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W photograph of 5 men standing on the pavement outside shops.

Historical information

The photograph shows the Rev. Graeme Watkinson, minister of Melton U.C. and 4 lay members of the "God Squad".

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W gloss copy of original photograph. Seated portrait of the Rev David Clarnette.

Historical information

Rev David Clarnette: L.Th. Born 1894 in N.S.W. From 1917, served in Birchip, Rainbow, King Island, Wilmot, Hobart (Davey Street), New Norfolk, Scottsdale, Charlton, Bendigo, Burwood, Benalla, Ballarat (Neil Street), Northcote. R.A.A.F. Chaplain 1941 - 1944. Financial Secretary of the District 1945 - 1947. Died 1959 in Victoria.

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Oval, sepia toned three quarter length studio portrait of Sister Martha Downes, mounted on brown card. Sister Martha is dressed in the uniform of the Presbyterian Sisterhood.

Historical information

Martha Downes was born at Codrington in 1880. She was grand-daughter of the first Presbyterian minister of Clunes. As a child she belonged to the Erskine congregation. She was trained at the Deaconess' Institute and was appointed to the Fitzroy Mission, where the Rev. A.I. Davidson was Superintendent. Miss Downes was placed in charge of the Gore St. branch of the Mission. She started a Sunday morning children's church, a Sunday School, a Sunday evening service, a mothers' meeting, a girls' and boys' club and other activities. She helped raise funds for the Young St. Mission Hall, which was built in 1912. In 1914 Sister Downes retired due to ill health, but returned in 1915 to take charge of the Erskine Mission. Her interest in girls led to the establishment of Erskine Hostel, in a delicensed hotel in Rathdown St. Carlton, where classes, guilds, club meetings and services were held. Martha Downes died on 24 February 1920.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Aunt Marion, With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year 1918-1919"

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W photograph of Cliff Barclay sitting outside a church

Inscriptions & Markings

"Cliff Barclay youth worker St-PT-Pks".

Photograph - Rev. Norman and Mrs. Lowe

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

(F375-1) Lowes standing side by side; (F375-2) Lowe standing by airport exit gate (location unknown) with a large crowd ready to welcome him; (F375-3) Lowes standing amidst the welcoming crowd; (F375-4) Lowe talking to the welcoming crowd; (F375-5) Lowe standing amidst the welcoming crowd; (F375-6) Lowe being hugged by an unknown man from the welcoming crowd.

Historical information

Norman Lowe's placements: Underbool 1953; Merbein 1955; Wodonga & Bethanga 1960; Immigration chaplain 1961-1962; Carlton & Fitzroy Mission 1963; Church of All Nations 1971; West Heidelberg 1974; Approved appointment Community Health Yallourn 1976. Later also Boronia, Dartmoor-Merino, and the Macedonian Church Preston. Lowe was born in 1924, ordained in 1958, and died on 11 November 2013.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The names of Norman Lowe and Mrs Lowe"

Shield

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Stained wood shield with painted, raised symbol of a red cross with blue stripe and red bible.

Historical information

From Otira Methodist training college.

Inscriptions & Markings

In Greek.

Shield - Methodist Babies' Home Competitive Bottle Shield

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Varnished dark brown wooden shield with engraved silver plaques attached. Winners: California Hill Amount of money raised given together with the number of 'bags'.

Inscriptions & Markings

"BENDIGO BRANCH METHODIST BABIES HOME COMPETITIVE BOTTLE SHIELD 1937-1942" "THE 'EDWARDS' SHIELD WON BY CALIFORNIA HILL"

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W studio portrait of Rev James Rogers and Mrs Agnes Rogers (nee Caldwell)

Historical information

James Rogers was born in Wallaroo, South Australia, but came to Sailor's Gully, Eaglehawk with his family as an infant. He was converted in a Salvation Army meeting at Bendigo. He became a member of the Primitive Methodist Church at Eaglehawk. He was stationed at: 1888 Murtoa; 1889 Hamilton; 1892 Melbourne, Collingwood; 1892 Beaconsfield; 1894 Penguin; 1900 Castlemaine; 1905 Dimboola; 1909 Geelong, Yarra St.; 1913 Kilcunda & Powlett River; 1917 Kyabram; 1920 North Melbourne; 1923 Brighton; 1928 Prahran; 1932 Supernumerary Hawthorn. Gaol Chaplain 1909 - 1912; Hospital Chaplain 1935 - 1936Died 2nd September 1937 Agnes Rogers (nee Caldwell) was born in 1867, married James Rogers in 1892 and died in 1951.

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Gloss, black and white image of Mary Matheson.

Historical information

Mary Matheson gave land for Uniting AgeWell Strathdon Community Nursing Home.

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Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Gloss, black and white image of Dr. George Simpson and Rev. Alexander Somerville Houston

Historical information

Rev. Alexander Somerville Houston (Jnr.) (1861-1971) was born in Glasgow. Later he was Senior Chaplain in the Victorian Army Light Horse and was Moderator of the Presbyterian Church 1949 to 1950. Dr. George Simpson was medical adviser to AIM.

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Sepia toned carte de visite. Seated studio portrait of the Rev. Joseph Fletcher.

Historical information

Born 1823 West Indies, commenced ministry 1847, died 1890 in Rookwood, NSW. Joseph Horner Fletcher (1823-1890), Wesleyan minister, was born at St Vincent, Windward Islands, the eldest son of Rev. Joseph Fletcher, Wesleyan missionary, and his wife Mary, née Horner. In 1830-37 he attended a Methodist school in Kingswood, England, and then his uncle's school in Bath. He entered business but in July 1842 became a local preacher. He was accepted for the Wesleyan ministry in 1845 and after training at Richmond College, Surrey, he married Kate Green in December 1848. He was sent to Auckland, New Zealand, where he became the founding principal of Wesley College. In 1856 poor health obliged him to take up circuit work in Auckland and New Plymouth, where he witnessed the Maori war. He moved to Queensland and in 1861-64 was on circuit in Brisbane. In 1863 he became the first chairman of the Queensland Wesleyan District. In 1865 Fletcher was serving at Ipswich when invited to succeed Rev. John Manton as president of Newington College, Sydney. He acknowledged that the main business of the school was secular education in a Christian atmosphere and believed that education could help to overcome sectarianism. He invited distinguished academics to examine Newington students and strongly supported (Sir) Henry Parkes's education policies. He opposed the formation of a Methodist university college until a strong secondary school was established. He believed that boys should be taught to appreciate orderly conduct rather than to fear punishment and that corporal punishment was degrading and to be used only in extreme circumstances. Under Fletcher Newington developed a high moral tone and a tradition of order and respect. After he retired in 1887 the old boys gave him an address of appreciation and a portrait in oils to be hung in the hall. In addition to his normal duties from 1883 he had taught resident theological students. From 1887 he was an effective and progressive full-time theological tutor. As a preacher Fletcher had exceptional power: he expressed his thoughts in a fresh way with sparkling illustrations and characteristic humour. He combined humility with great spiritual power, prophetic vision and administrative ability. He encouraged the development of institutional church work which grew into the Central Methodist Mission in Sydney. Fletcher was elected as the first president of the New South Wales and Queensland Wesleyan Methodist Conference in 1874 and again in 1884, when he was also president of the General Conference of the Australasian Wesleyan Methodist Church. As conference editor in 1868, 1871 and 1873, Fletcher contributed more than fifty articles, numerous essays and reviews of books to the Weekly Advocate. He read widely, deeply and with discrimination. Never robust in health, he suffered months of illness before he died aged 66 at Stanmore, Sydney, on 30 June 1890. He was survived by three sons and two daughters, and buried in the Wesleyan section of Rookwood cemetery. In 1892 his eldest son, Joseph, edited a memorial edition of his Sermons, Addresses & Essays. Information from Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 4, 1972.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rev Joseph Fletcher

Photograph - Arthur John Coates

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Coates in formal dress.

Historical information

Sir Albert Ernest Coates (1895-1977), surgeon, was born on 28 January 1895 at Ballarat, Victoria, eldest of seven children of Arthur Coates, letter carrier, and his wife Clara Annie, née Eustice, both Victorian born. Although their worldly possessions were few, Arthur and Clara raised their family in an affectionate atmosphere and instilled in them the virtues of honesty, industry and education. They were strong supporters of the Methodist Church. (Australian Dictionary of Biography extract). Arthur apparently was a Home Missionary at one stage of his life.