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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)
phone
+61 (03) 9571 5476

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Opening Hours

Thursdays 9.00am - 4.00pm. Fridays by appointment.

Location

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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1418 items

1418 items

Photograph - Rev. Professor Robert Anderson

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Head and shoulders photos of Anderson.

Historical information

The 1984 photo was used in a new series introduced to C&N under the heading: "Bible Commentary: The Psalms Today", and this particular article was entitled: "The varying moods of encounter with God." Anderson was Principal of the Theological Hall and Old Testament lecturer in the 1970s and 1980s. His successor as principal was the Rev. Professor Norman Young. See below for more information.

Inscriptions & Markings

C&N and APL identification.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Waist length colour portrait of the Rev Bryan Nicholls, dressed in ecumenical alb and blue stole. The photograph is mounted on brown card.

Historical information

Bryan Nicholls was ordained on 1 January 1994 and entered permanent retirement on 1st January 2006. His ministry was at the Mount Pleasant Uniting Church.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Mount Pleasant Ministry: Rev. Bryan Nicholls B. Theol. 1995 - 2005"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Colour photograph of Rev Eunice Smith and Rev Robert Seipolt standing near the communion table at Cairns Memorial Church, East Melbourne. Rev. Smith is wearing an alb with red scarf. Rev. Seipolit is dressed in a suit.

Historical information

Robert Seipolt was ordained in 1962 and retired 1/02/1995. Eunice Smith was ordained 17/11/1987 and retired 1/02/1991. Cairns Memorial Church was badly damaged by a fire in August 1988.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W matte head and shoulders studio portrait of the Rev. Frank Hambly, mounted on buff card.

Historical information

Reverend W Frank Hambly served at Cygnet, Home Missions Victoria, Yarram, Malvern South, Warrnambool, Pirie Street Adelaide and Lincoln College. He was also President of Conference in 1955.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W head and shoulders photograph of Michael Voumard

Historical information

Reverend Voumard was an exit student in 1985.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Michael Voumard"

Photograph - Coral Watkins with Nhem Dy outside [Springvale] church on 29/1/84

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Colour photograph of Coral Watkins and Nhem Dy standing outside Springvale Uniting Church.

Historical information

Coral Watkins is a Springvale elder. The photograph appears in the C&N article entitled "Springvale's bridge over troubeld waters". The article relates to race relations.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Coral Watkins with Nhem Dy outside church on 29/1/84 C&N 14/11/84 p.11"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W waist length seated studio portrait of Mrs Annie Sterling. Cabinet card format

Historical information

Mrs Annie Sterling was the wife of the Reverend John Gray Sterling, a Presbyterian minister who was born in Belfast Northern Ireland in 1858 and was ordained in Rockhampton in 1881. He served at Bundaberg, Maryborough Victoria and Flemington. He died in 1924.

Award badge

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B066 Star shaped with wreath behind award.

Historical information

Awarded to Mrs Eva Snow. Mrs Snow was born Eva Williams, on 5 August 1901, in Octavia Street, St Kilda. As a girl she attended the Windsor Methodist Church in Upton St with her parents, her sisters and brother. She also went to the sunday school there. Her grandfather, Mr Kingham, was the Superintendent. If a student attended Sunday School for a full year without missing once, they were awarded a silver star. For 4 years perfect attendance the gold star with laurel wreath was awarded. Eva was awarded hers when she was about 11 years old. Eva moved to Murrumbeena with her family and joined the Methodist Church, then a small wooden building in Dandenong Road. In 1998 she was a member of St Giles Uniting Church, Murrembeena.

Inscriptions & Markings

"METHODIST SUNDAY SCHOOL WINDSOR"

Photograph - Greg Scott

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W photograph of Greg Scott

Historical information

Greg Scott organised the National Christian Youth Convention in 1983 and 1985.

Inscriptions & Markings

"C&N 11/6/1986 p.13"

Bookmark

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Medal

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

5 Gold metal with white and blue enamel Methodist Home Missionaries Training College medals with a ring at the top. The medal has a lion and dragon at its centre and text around the edge.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Methodist Home Missionaries Training College"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Matte, sepia, head and shoulders print of Rev. John Thomas, BA.

Historical information

Kyabrom - Sunshine - States Dates From

Inscriptions & Markings

Rev. John Thomas, B. A. President of Conference 1914.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Sepia portrait photo of Mrs Orton seated. Enlarged version of F267-1.

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"

Photograph - Rev. Jacob John Halley

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photocopy of engraving from the Congregational Year Book for 1893.

Historical information

Born Highbury College London 1834, died Melbourne June 19, 1910. Ordained in Pitt Street Sydney Congregational Church 21/3/1860. Ministry: Bush Mission, Lower Darling River 1860–61; Maryborough 1861–64; Dawson St Ballarat 1864–72; Williamstown/Secretary CUV 1872–84; Secretary CUV 1884–1908. Chairman CUV 1871–72 & 1908–09. Son of Rev. Dr Robert Halley, Principal of Highbury College. Arrived Sydney c. 1853. Had a holiday home at Queescliff/Point Lonsdale and tried to establish a Congregational Church there. Obituary read: "For 37 years in the office of Union Secretary he had proved himself a faithful preacher of the Gospel, a leader of the general interest of the churches of peculiar force, knowledge and devotion, and an earnest and high principled citizen of the State, devoting hmself to the social amelioration of the people and the extension of the Kingdom of God. Our late Secretary was a man of vigorous intellectual power. His early life had given him a bent in the direction of the study of natural history. He was a keen observer, a lover of counry life, and the science and art of gardening, in which he occupied the leisure moments of a busy life."

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

Trophy

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Silver embossed and engraved sport trophy with engraved lettering on the front and back. The engraving on the back is the names of the winning houses for 1950, 1961, 1966, 1967, 1968.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front "The Patterson trophy for Inter-House Softball"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B&W photograph of Deaconess W.A. Ferguson seated outside a brick building.

Historical information

Deaconess Ferguson was leader of the Fitzroy Mission 1922 - 1929.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Deaconess W.A. Ferguson Leader 1922-1929"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W photograph mounted on buff card of a group of men and boys at the Methodist Men's Easter Camp held at Rosebud in 1925. Three head and shoulder photographs have been inset. Inset: Rev Horton Williams (left), Rev A. Vincent Ballard (right). Man in centre tentatively identified as Edward Frederick Goodall Hodges, Healesville Shire President.

Historical information

160 young men attended the second annual camp of the Methodist Young Men's Bible Class League. The first camp was held at Healesville in 1924.

Wood carving

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Trowel

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Stained glass

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph - Peter Moonie

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W waist length photograph of Rev. Peter Moonie.

Historical information

Reverend Peter Moonie (10/11/1933 - 08/12/2013) was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1961. He served at on King Island and at Launceston South, in the United States at Salem New Hampshire and Agawam Massachusetts, Church of All Nations, Box Hill Regiobnal Parish and Ocean Grove. He retired in 1995.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Peter Moonie C&N 14/8/1985 page 15"

Photographic print block

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Image of an unknown young woman playing a Hammond organ.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "29"

Communion plates

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Waist length photograph of David Prest seated at a desk.

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.

Photograph - St Philip's College Alice Springs - Principal Chris Tudor & Deputy Principal Chris Eldridge

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Tudor and Eldridge in conversation with the College in the background.

Historical information

In 1945 the Reverend Harry Griffiths, who worked for the Methodist Inland Mission in Alice Springs, saw the need for a boarding facility for children of families living in remote areas in Central Australia who needed access to schools. He and his wife established Griffiths House, on a site in the town centre, and for many years it became home for students from all over the Outback, including many young Aboriginal people. In the late 1950's the Rev Fred McKay, successor to the Rev John Flynn as Superintendent of the Australian Inland Mission, lobbied the United Church in the Northern Territory to build and expand on this important start. Together the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational churches embarked on a missionary venture to develop St Philip's College - a new, larger residential hostel which would one day become a full boarding school. An ideal site - 22 acres of bush at the junction of the Charles and Todd Rivers and backing on to the Telegraph Station National Park - was secured and after six years of planning, construction began in 1964. Fred McKay led the legendary work parties comprised of volunteers from all over Australia who travelled to Alice Springs, paying their own way and volunteering their expertise, time and labour, to turn a dream into a reality. This fantastic tradition continues today, with work parties arriving each mid-year holiday. On 13 February 1965 the first boarders moved in to St Philip's College. For the first 24 years, therefore, St Philip's College operated as a residential hostel only. The College’s ninth Headmaster, Mr Christopher Tudor, arrived in 1986. He and the Council Chairman, Mrs Jan Heaslip, judged that the time was right to complete the original plan to turn St Philip’s College into a fully fledged independent boarding/day school, serving not only “bush” families, but also the growing population of Alice Springs. The then College Council embraced the idea and three years of frantic, determined preparation and planning commenced, culminating in an extensive $2 million building program in 1988. To this day there continues to be further development with the new landscaping underway near The Minnamurra Hall, Reception and Rivergum Cafe, plus the recent completion of the Science & Food Technology building and the new Rivergum Cafe.

Photograph - Mr. Harbison, trustee

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Sepia portrait.

Historical information

No further information other than the inscription.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Mr Harbison, A Trustee and loyal supporter of the Lower Hawthorn church"

Badge

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Two silver metal Presbyterian Deaconess badge in the shape of a cross. B097.1 has a pin on its back. B097.2 has the pin removed and a chain threaded through the cross.

Historical information

This is the second version of the badge.

Inscriptions & Markings

"LIVE SERVE"

Photocopy of engraving - Rev. Jacob John Halley

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photocopy of engraving from the Congregational Year Book for 1893.

Historical information

Born Highbury College London 1834, died Melbourne June 19, 1910. Ordained in Pitt Street Sydney Congregational Church 21/3/1860. Ministry: Bush Mission, Lower Darling River 1860–61; Maryborough 1861–64; Dawson St Ballarat 1864–72; Williamstown/Secretary CUV 1872–84; Secretary CUV 1884–1908. Chairman CUV 1871–72 & 1908–09. Son of Rev. Dr Robert Halley, Principal of Highbury College. Arrived Sydney c. 1853. Had a holiday home at Queescliff/Point Lonsdale and tried to establish a Congregational Church there. Obituary read: "For 37 years in the office of Union Secretary he had proved himself a faithful preacher of the Gospel, a leader of the general interest of the churches of peculiar force, knowledge and devotion, and an earnest and high principled citizen of the State, devoting hmself to the social amelioration of the people and the extension of the Kingdom of God. Our late Secretary was a man of vigorous intellectual power. His early life had given him a bent in the direction of the study of natural history. He was a keen observer, a lover of counry life, and the science and art of gardening, in which he occupied the leisure moments of a busy life."

Communion paten

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Round silver communion paten.

Inscriptions & Markings

"St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, West Caulfied, First Sacrament, April 9th 1911" "IHS" in centre