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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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1235 items with images

1235 items with images

Badge

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Round badge. White with black text and image.

Inscriptions & Markings

"St. David's Terip-Ruffy Uniting Church Centenary 1894 - 1994"

Hymn book

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Oval, B & W head and shoulders studio portrait of Rev John Barnaby M.A. mounted on buff card.

Historical information

John Barnaby was born in 1867 near Rosebud, Victoria. In 1885 he came to Melbourne and started working as a teacher at Caulfield Grammar School. In 1894 John Barnaby entered the Theological Hall at Ormond college. He graduated B.A. in 1895 and finished his theological studies in 1896. He was ordained in 1898 and called to Kew Presbyterian Church. In 1903 he took his M.A. degree. In 1912 he left Kew and was appointed Neil Walter Black Lecturer at Ormond College Theological Hall. Graduated Bachelor of Divinity and also gained a Diploma of Education. Convenor Home Missions Committee until 1923. Superintendent of Group Mission from 1923. Died 12 September 1933

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Gloss, black and white image of Rev. John Brown (right) and Rev. Frederick McKay (left).

Historical information

Rev. John Percival Brown (1933 – ?) was a missionary to Korea, in 1973 was Superintendent of BOMAR (Board of Mission) and in 1977 was appointed to Commission for World Mission UCA.

Communion token

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B085.1, B085.2, B085.3, B085.4, B085.5, B085.6 - Communion tokens with text on obverse and Burning Bush on reverse.

Inscriptions & Markings

Obverse: "PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH DORCAS STREET EMERALD HILL I. COR. XI. 23" Reverse: "YET NOT CONSUMED"

Badge

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Black, white and gold enamel shield shaped Victorian Local Preacher's badge.

Historical information

The badge belonged to Mr Lindsay Enderby.

Inscriptions & Markings

"LPA"

Photograph - Rev. Thomas Watt Leggatt

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Sepia photo of Leggatt posed facing his right; dressed in 19th century clerical suit, collar and waistcoat.

Historical information

B. 1859 Glasgow; Glasgow University; 1886 ordained in Scots Church Melbourne; to New Hebrides Mission, Aulua, Malekula; 1907 Dunolly; 1910 Sunbury; 1919 Convener of Board of Missions; editor "Record"; 1923 Abbotsford; 1929 Glen Iris; 1931 Moderator, Victoria; 1944 died 23 August. Son, William Watt Leggatt was a politician in the Bolte Government in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Thomas Watt Leggatt - Aulua, New Hebrides - minister Sunbury, Abbotsford. Father of Sir William (Bill) Watt Leggatt, Ormond Law Agent for (?) in London - Deaconess Dorothy Leggatt."

Banner

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Blue felt banner with gold and blue screen printing. The banner is on a rod and has gold fringing at its base.

Inscriptions & Markings

"METHODIST ORDER OF KNIGHTS HIGH COURT VICTORIA AND TASMANIA

Photograph - Thomas Verrier & family

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Thomas Verrier and family standing alongside the Land Rover ready to depart for Uranium Fields Patrol Katherine.

Historical information

Thomas Verrier (ordained 1961): Sprent (Tas.) (HM) 1956–60; Katherine (NT) 1962–65; Nightcliff (Darwin) 1966–67; Bendigo North 1968–71; Burnie (Tas.) 1971–76; Bayswater & Wantirna 1977–?.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rev. Thomas Verrier and family before departure for Katherine.

Giving Box - London Missionary Society giving box

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Giving box in the shape of a thatched native hut.

Inscriptions & Markings

"LMS" on door of hut

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W waist length studio portrait of the Rev Frank Purcell Joseland. The postcard format photograph is mounted on cream card.

Historical information

Born Worcester, UK, 21/10/1863. Died Manly NSW 10/10/1945. Ordained 14/9/1887 in Worcester Angel Street church. Ministry: LMS Amoy (China) 1887–1913, Oxford Street Collingwood, Lennox St Richmond, LMS Apia (Western Samoa) 1919–1922, Hampton, Castlemaine, Lawson NSW.

Inscriptions & Markings

"The Rev F.P. Joseland 1924 - 1927". Verso: "To Bob Mouat with best wishes and heartfelt greetings for his birthday, Nov. 16th 1925, from his Pastor, Frank P. Joseland. Avondale St. Hampton".

Silver teapot

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Engraved silver teapot with inscription with ivory knob on lid.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Presented to Mrs Williams by the congregation of St Alban's as a token of esteem rendered as organist. Oct 28th 1889"

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"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W head and shoulders photograph of the Rev. Howard H. Kettle and Mrs Eileen Kettle

Historical information

Rev. Howard H. Kettle, L.Th. Ordained into the Methodist Church in 1931. Served at St. Mary's Inland Mission Camooweal, Kerang, Ararat, Horsham, Burwood, Brighton. N.M.A.F.C. 1940 - 1946. Hospital Chaplain 1946 - 1949. Chairman of District 1950 - 1954 and 1958 - 1962. Retired 1968.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Gloss colour photograph of the Rev Alistair Macrae wearing traditional Scottish Moderator's dress outside St. Michael's Church, Collins Street Melbourne.

Historical information

Rev. Alistair Macrae, born 1950. Macrae was ordained in 1984 and served in rural, regional and inner city congregations in Victoria, at Mt Beauty, Portland and West Brunswick. He served as Moderator of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania (2000–2003) and as Executive Director of the Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Ministry (2004–2009) in that synod. He was a member of the board of Wesley Mission Melbourne and chaired its social policy committee. Macrae was an inaugural member of the Victorian State Government's Community Support Fund and served on the advisory committee of the Community Alcohol Action network of the Australian Drug Foundation. Macrae became President of the UCA in July 2009, at the 12th Assembly. In September 2013 Macrae commenced as Minister of Wesley Uniting Church, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W carte de visite, full length studio portrait of the Rev. Stephen Rabone.

Historical information

B. 1811 England; D. 1872 Sydney. President of the Australasian Conference in 1861.

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Sepia toned carte de visite studio portrait of the Rev. Frederick Langham

Historical information

ADB entry: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/langham-frederick-3987 Frederick Langham (1833-1903), Wesleyan missionary, was born on 24 April 1833 at Launceston, Van Diemen's Land, son of Samuel Langham, builder, and his wife Eliza, née Robinson. Nurtured in a Methodist home he attended the Paterson Street Sunday school and was 'converted' under the ministry of Rev. William Butters. In 1847 the family moved to Victoria where Langham joined the Fitzroy Church. After two years training as a teacher in Britain he returned to Melbourne and on 16 November 1854 at Richmond married Ann Elizabeth Knight. In January 1855 Langham became headmaster of the Wesleyan Denominational School at Barker Street, Castlemaine, where he was a contemporary of Shirley Baker at the other Wesleyan school. Influenced by Rev. Thomas Raston to consider missionary work, Langham was prepared for the ministry by Rev. John Harcourt and in 1858 was received into the Victorian Conference. He was appointed to Fiji where he arrived in June. Langham served at Lakemba in 1858-63, Bau in 1864-66 and Viwa in 1868-70. As one of the assertive 'colonial young men', he was resented at first by Rev. James Calvert and his colleagues, but Langham soon dominated the mission and was chairman of the Fiji district in 1869-94. From 1871 he lived at Bau where he won repute among Methodists as King Cakobau's adviser. Although his policies did not please all the missionaries, they accepted him as their spokesman. Believing himself the champion of the Fijians he encouraged annexation by Britain, but often nettled the colonial administrators by his paternalism and lack of imagination. To his colleagues he was 'Father' Langham and Sir Arthur Gordon referred to him as 'The Cardinal'. In 1874-75 and 1890 Langham and his wife visited Melbourne mainly for their health. They finally left Fiji in April 1895 and lived in Sydney where Langham worked on the revision of the Fijian Bible. Though always reluctant in Australia to travel on deputationary work, he identified himself with the Orange cause and was easily persuaded to give anti-Catholic missionary lectures, which involved him in public controversy with Cardinal Patrick Moran. In 1898 Langham went to England to see his New Testament through the press. The subsequent burning of some testaments at the Roman Catholic mission at Namosi received much publicity in Australia. Langham's wife had helped his revision and was author of many Fijian hymns. Their adopted (European) daughter Annie Langham Lindsay died on 21 December 1901, just before the revised Old Testament was completed. His wife did not recover from this shock and died on 5 January 1902. Langham became a supernumerary in 1901 and travelled on deputationary work in Britain, mainly for the British and Foreign Bible Society, of which he was a life governor. He also shared in the 'simultaneous mission' of the Evangelical churches. In addition to the Fijian Bible he had published other works in Fijian, some in conjunction with other authors. Recommended by Sir William MacGregor, Langham was awarded a doctorate of divinity by the University of Glasgow. He died at Wilton Villa, Albion Grove, Hackney, on 21 June 1903 and was buried in Abney Park cemetery. Although he bequeathed a 'cannibal fork with human bone attached' to a sister in Melbourne, the rest of his Fijian collection was sold. He instructed his trustees to destroy his journals and correspondence but many of his original letters are in other collections. Physically impressive with leonine hair and beard, Langham cut his missionary role in the cloth of the schoolmaster. As a disciplinarian his punishments were severe but tempered with justice; he once insisted on being caned by a wrongfully punished boy. His relentless energy and simple piety won him renown as a great missionary by his denomination and those of the religious public familiar with the romanticized version of his career.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Langham c.1873-77"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W waist length studio photograph of Rev. R.G. Nichols sitting before a 3LO Melbourne microphone. The photograph is signed "R.G.Nichols" across the lower left hand corner.

Historical information

Rev R G Nichols (Brother Bill) was the Anglican vicar of St. Marks, Fitzroy. He broadcast a regular talk on 3AR and 3LO, and his talks were published in 1930.

Inscriptions & Markings

With my sincere regards, Brother Bill.

Shield

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Flag - Flag od St George

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Liined cotton.

Bible

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Silver trowel

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph - Paul Mayfield

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Head and shoulders of Mayfield, open neck, wearing glasses; bearded.

Historical information

Part of a report on exit students for 1985. Paul Mayfield - "Aged 30. Wife Jyan is an occupational therapist. Timothy is six months old. Formerly a farmer at Cavendish, Paul's still interested in gardening. Other likes are travel and swimming. One of his concerns is to see the world fed. This has led him into active involvement with Community Aid Abroad. His settlement is Hampton Park, Hallam. As at July 2017 Paul has retired from the active ministry and has been/is chaplain at Austin Hospital.

Inscriptions & Markings

Identification of C&N and Mayfield.

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.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Arthur Coates, father of Sir Albert"

T-shirt

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

New pale blue cotton T-shirts in orignal packaging. Screen printing in royal blue with Methodist Order Knights symbol and text. Slip of paper in bag regarding care instructions and packaging details. Packagaing: Sizes available on reverse. Slip of paper: "Packaging of this garment has been assisted by the SHELTERED WORKSHOP Adult Retarded Bendigo"

Inscriptions & Markings

"I JOINED THE ORDER OF KNIGHTS FOR A LIFETIME OF ADVENTURE"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

B & W photograph of Presbyterian Deaconess Jess Metherell with a group of mothers and children.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Hamilton Aikin 162 Russell Street Melbourne."

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Informal B & W photograph of Rev. and Mrs Douglas Gibson on their wedding day.

Historical information

Rev. Douglas James Gibson. Home Missionary at Werrimull 1946. Appointed to Berri (Alawoona) in 1950, Ceduna 1952, Kangaroo Island 1955, Elizabeth 1959, Home Mission Department Field Secretary from 1962.

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"

Photograph - Rev. John and Mrs. Nall

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Sepia toned three quarter length studio portrait of the Rev. John Nall and his wife Florence (nee Brownell)

Historical information

John Nall was born 1858 in Victoria, ordained in 1881 and died 1935 in Geelong. Florence Jane Brownell was born in Hobart in 1859. She married the Rev. John Nall in Hobart in 1885 and died in Geelong in 1930.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rev. and Mrs John Nall"

Photograph

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Matte, black and white, head and shoulders studio portrait of Rev. John William Wright mounted on buff card.

Historical information

Rev. John William Wright (1895 - 1975) was ordained in Prospect S. A. in 1935.