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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

Is it possible to see all things and photos of the Rev PUl Mallalieu? I have a large amount of things and photo of his.

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1431 items

1431 items

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W photo of three men. David Jamieson Tom Treseder Roger Purcell, dressed in suits holding bibles, an iPad, and a smart phone at the launch of the Bible Society's "Smart Book" program.

Inscriptions & Markings

A detailed typewritten statement described the involvement iof David Jamieson Roger Purcell and Tom Treseder in the Bible Society project.

Photograph - Ray Comfort, Evangelist

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W photograph of evangelist Ray Comfort.

Historical information

Ray Comfort was part of a crusade run by the Melton Uniting Church

Inscriptions & Markings

Name and C&N details.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W waist length studio portrait of the Rev. T.S. B. Woodfull, mounted on grey card.

Historical information

Rev. Thomas Staines Brittingham Woodfull (1863 - 1941). Born Maldon in 1863, but grew up in Prahran and attended the Punt Rd Church. Qualified as a pharmacist. Worked as a local preacher before being ordained in 1887. Appointed to Sandhurst in 1887 before being sent as Conference Evangelist to Tasmania, where he conducted missions. Married Gertrude Lily Abey (1872 - 1941) in 1891. Returned to Victoria in 1893 and served at Kerang, Maldon, Shepparton, Flemington & Essendon, Collingwood, Bendigo, Albert Park, Brunswick, Box Hill. Retired in 1930. Was active in the campaign against the Collingwood tote. President of the Methodist Conference 1923. Father of William (Bill) Woodfull, Australian cricketer of the 1920s and 1930s and Captain of the Australian First Eleven during the notorious "Bodyline" Test series.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rev T.S B. Woodfull"

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 photo of the Ashby Methodist Sunday School Teachers. Postcard format. Mr John Best, the Sunday School Superintendent is seated in the centre of the front row. Mrs Mary Holden is seated second from the right in the front row. Seated between Mr Best and Mrs Holden is Miss Gertrude Holden, daughter of Mrs Mary Holden.

Historical information

Mrs Mary Holden (1843 - 1930) was the mother of the Rev Albert Thomas Holden CBE V.D., B.A., D.D. Director of the Methodist Inland Missions, Chaplain-General of the A.I.F. and President-General of the Methodist Conference of Australasia. She was the mother-in-law of the Rev. Samuel Hoban. Miss Gertrude Holden was the sister of the Rev. Albert Thomas Holden. Mr John Best was superintendent of the Ashby Methodist Sunday School 1897 - 1918.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W waist length studio portrait of Rev. Ira Menear dressed in his RAAF Flt. Lt. uniform.

Historical information

Rev Ira Menear (1901 - 1977). Born at Kapunda. Worked at the Kimba and Pt Neill mission stations on the west coast of South Australia before studying at the Brighton Training College and Adelaide University. Graduated B.A. Adelaide University 1928. After completing his theological training he was appointed to the Norwood Circuit before being appointed to take charge of the Methodist Inland Mission at Cloncurry. Minister at Crow's Nest, Gympie & Rockhampton 1936 - 1940. In 1940 he was accepted as a pilot officer in the RAAF, having been given leave of absence by the Methodist Conference. Menear enlisted RAAF air crew but was later transferred to the administrative staff. He rose from A.C.1 to the rank of Acting Wing Commander. He served in many parts of Australia, including the Darwin area. After the war Rev Menear took charge of the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Centre at Mount Osmond and later Mount Breckan, Victoria Harbour Rehabilitation Centre.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Seasons Greetings I Menear F/LT Control Officer Operations Room Pearce W.A."

Medallion

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Round medallion with a hanging loop at the top.

Inscriptions & Markings

"CE SERVICE RECOGNITION"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

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

Historical information

Born 1866 in Glasgow. Ordained into the Presbyterian Church in 1894, in Chiltern, Victoria. Served at Williamstown North from 1895, and in Deepdene from 1918. He was the first minister at Deepdene. Died in 1933

Badge

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Shield shaped blue and gold enamel lapel badge on a pin.

Historical information

The Methodist Church Sunday School Anniversary Celebration held at Pinnaroo, South Australia in April 1934.

Inscriptions & Markings

"CENTENARY MELBOURNE VICTORIA 1-12-34" "SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHOLARS DEMONSTRATION"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W head and shoulders photograph of Mr John Gibbon, taken in profile.

Historical information

Mr John Gibbon was Treasurer of the Kildonan Homes for Children

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B&W gloss waist length photograph of Miss Elisabeth Adler, wearing a white shirt.

Historical information

From the German DDR Director of the Evangelical Academy of Berlin Brandenburg and a member of the WCC program to Combat Racism. A member of the WCC team visiting Australian Aborigines.

Regalia

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Incomplete MOK Principal Court Shield - purple velvet shield with gold metallic "3 chain" braid) with gold cotton collar. The shield has a fabric and bead Star of Youth symbol. The upper right quadrant has a metal Councillor's symbol "C" and the Past Knight Commander symbol of a crown.

Photograph - Rev. Marian Couch

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W head and shoulder photograph of Rev. Marian Couch.

Historical information

Marian Couch was ordained 1972. Served at Hamilton, Preston, Swan Hill, Woomelang, Horsham, Corio-Norlane. Retired 01/2001.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Advertiser" (presumably the Geelong Advertiser, as Couch lives in Corio (2017).

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W photograph of Rev and Mrs Norman Lowe, and their son at an unidentified airport.

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.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Poor quality reproduction and enlargement of B & W original (pixillated). Waist length photo Rev Keith B. Leigh in preaching gown and clerical collar.

Historical information

Rev Keith B. Leigh was a Methodist minister. He was stationed: 1946 Wentworth 1947 training 1950 Kilmore & Broadford 1960 South Preston 1964 Ivanhoe 1970 Alphington Died in 1970

Plaque

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Wood and metal box with 2 doors with a plaque inserted.

Inscriptions & Markings

"PLAQUE OF APPRECIATION. Deaconess Cath Ritchie. The Uniting Church of Australia Seoul, Korea October 2, 1989. We give thanks for the precious work of missionary who for the salvation of our Korean people came to this land with the love of Christ and through the tears and sweat gave us the good news of the gospel. By these words the Presbyterian Church of Korea at its 74th General Assembly records this intent as we offer a service of praise to God commemorating one hundred years of Korea-Australia mission. (Rev.) Meng Syul Park, Moderator Presbyterian Church of Korea."

Photograph - Frank Engel

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B&W head and shoulders photograph of Rev Frank Engel.

Historical information

Reverend Frank Graham Engel was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1943, served at Hawthorn South Australia, Australian Student Christian Movement, General Secretary Australian Council of Churches. He retired in 1977.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Frank Engel"

Bible - The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments: appointed to be read in churches

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Brown leather covered bible with 1505 gilt edged pages and 6 colour maps at the back. The spine has gilt embossed text. There is a dedication stuck inside the front of the bible.

Inscriptions & Markings

"METHODIST ORDER OF KNIGHTS. Presented to the Provincial High Court of Victoria and Tasmania as an Expression of Esteem and Appreciation of the many courtesies shown during the Inter-Provincial Rally held in Melbourne December 1950 - January 51 for the South-Australian Delegation" " ? Beasley Knight Grand Commander"

Shield

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Gloss, black and white image of Bob and Grace with their children.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Black and white, gloss, head and shoulders portrait of the Rev. Ronald W. Allardice

Historical information

Rev. Ronald W. Allardice (1916-1990) was ordained in 1943 and was President of the Methodist Conference in 1968. After ordination Rev. Allardice went to Samoa, where he was Principal of the Piula Theological College. He was later District Chairman for Goulburn Valley. He was Managing Secretary of Conference 1974-1977 and he contributed to the formation of the Uniting Church.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W seated studio portrait of Rev Samuel Phillip Webber in carte de visite format.

Historical information

Samuel P Webber was born 1842 in England, ordained into the Methodist Church in 1865, died in Melbourne in 1897. He served as minister of the Gore Street Fitzroy Bible Christian Church for many years.

Photograph - Moderator the Rev. Ron Upson and Moderator Elect the Rev. Brian Giddings arrive at Synod

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B&W full length photograph of Reverends Ron Upson and Brian Giddings, dressed in moderatorial regalia.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rev R Upson Rev B Giddings sheet 3.4 with extended caption"

Photographic print block

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Head and shoulders of an unknown man wearing a suit, collar and tie.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "36"

Optical magic lantern

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Sepia toned carte de visite head and shoulders portrait of Rev. William Lelean.

Historical information

Rev. William Lelean (b. 1834 England; d. 1875 Melbourne)

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rev. Lelean Wes. Meth."

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Semigloss, black and white studio portrait of Rev. Thomas C. Rentoul in clerical garb.

Historical information

Rev. Thomas Craike Rentoul (1882 - 1945) was ordained in 1915. Won the William Quick medal for oratory. Chaplain to the 59th Battalion AIF in 1916. Chaplain-General of the Australian Military Forces in WW2. General Superintendent and Directory of the Methodist Inland Mission.

Inscriptions & Markings

Muntz Malvern

Program - Souvenir of the Holiness Convention

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Souvenir program for the 24th Holiness Convention. The program has a reproduction of the artwork "The Light of the World" by William Holman Hunt. The back cover is umber coloured with an image of a bible and card with the words "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man will open I will come in! Have YOU opened it yet?"

Historical information

The convention was held in the Brunswick Street Methodist Church, Cantebury Road, Surrey Hills on the 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th June 1940. It was arranged and convened by the Methodist Local Preachers' Association.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: "I am "The Light and Hope of the World""

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W gloss photograph of a group of children standing outside the North Melbourne Methodist Mission.

Photograph

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"