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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.

Contact Information

location
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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Photograph

Key words

mary holden, rev albert thomas holden, rev samuel hoban
miss gertrude holden

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.

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Photograph - Sister Gwen Lechte

Key words

lechte, gwen, sister
methodist home missionary

B & W head & shoulders studio portrait of Sister Gwen Lechte, mounted on buff card.

Historical information

SISTER Gwen, of the Methodist Home Missions Department, visited Tallygaroopna West last Wednesday, and gave a most interesting illustrated talk. As well as showing some of the scenic beauties of Gippsland, the talk and lantern slides dealt with slum conditions in South Melbourne, and showed the Methodist home at Cheltenham. Sister Gwen is a sister of Rev. E. Lechte, a former minister in the Shepparton circuit. (Shepparton Advertiser, 1 June 1943).

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Photograph - Lindsay Carey and Theological Hall video equipment

Key words

theological hall
video education
carey, lindsay

Carey is shown in the Theological Hall Library with the video equipment.

Historical information

"Co-ordinator of the equipment is Mr. Lindsay Carey, a candidate for the ministry, who said: 'It is not only the staff's responsibility at the theological hall to take video seriously, but the whole church's. Video is an excellent educational method and a superb medium for communicating the gospel — every parish should have a video cassette recorder.'

Inscriptions & Markings

C&N identification.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Bowl

Spherical silver engraved bowl with 2 handles.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Presented to The Union Memorial Church by Mrs T Ingram Back: Jubliee October 1904

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph - Reverend Arthur Preston and Devanasen Chandon

Key words

preston, arthur
dr chandran devanesen
central methodist mission

B&W photograph of Rev. Arthur Preston and Dr Chandran Devanesen seated at a table.

Historical information

Reverend Arthur Preston (14/10/1912 - 19/03/1985) was born in Brisbane. Following ordination he served in Mareeba and Townsville, Superintendent of West End Methodist Mission in Brisbane, Associate Minister at Adelaide Central Mission, Associate Minister in the Glen Iris Circuit and was appointed Superintendent of the Central Methodist Mission in 1968. He received an Order of Australia award in 1982 for service to the community. Chandran Devanesen was the first professor at Madras Christian College. As the first Indian Principal of MCC, Chandran Devanesen is known for successfully transforming an institution influenced by Scots to one more Indian.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Devanasen Chandan Rev Arthur Preston"

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Photograph

B & W copy of original photograph. Three quarter length studio portrait of Rev.Thomas Hugh Indian wearing Masonic regalia.

Historical information

Methodist Minister. Placements: Geelong West 1913, Ballarat East 1917, Mildura 1921, Horsham1924, Burwood 1929, Northcote 1932, Elsternwick-St. Kilds 1936, Bendigo Forest Street 1941, Coburg & Moreland 1946, Malvern South 1951, Supernumerary Mitcham 1956. Chairman of District 1928, 1941 - 1945; Naval Reserve Chaplain 1940. Financial Secretary of District 1946 - 1950. Born Frosterley Co. Durham in 1886. Died 1973

Inscriptions & Markings

Thomas Hugh Indian photo from Mrs Laura Indian (Daughter-in-law)

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Engraving from photograph - Revd Thomas Williams

Key words

rev thomas williams, fiji, missionary, lakeba, somosomo, bua, adelaide, president of the australasian conference

B & W head and shoulders image of the Rev. Thomas Williams.

Historical information

Rev Thomas Williams (1815 - 1891) went to Lakeba, Fiji as a missionary in 1839. In 1843 he went to Somosomo, and in 1848 to Bua. When his health failed, he was sent back to the colonies, and did circuit work in Adelaide 1854 - 1856. In 1857 he was transferred to Victoria, where he was stationed in Melbourne, Brighton, Creswick, Colac, Ballarat East, Castlemaine and Melbourne South. He became a Supernumerary in 1878. He was elected president of the 18th and last Australasian Conference held in Sydney in 1873.

Inscriptions & Markings

Revd Thomas Williams President of the Australasian Conference 1873.

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Photograph - Chan Young Choi

Key words

choi, chan young
korean presbyterian church

Head a shoulders studio portrait of Mr Chan Young Choi.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Spectator 12/5/1976 p.8"

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Medallion

Key words

raikes, robert

Round metal medallion with a whole at its top. The obverse has an image of Robert Raikes and text round its edge and the reverse commemorative text.

Inscriptions & Markings

Obverse: "ROBERT RAIKES FOUNDER OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS" Reverse: "SUNDAY SCHOOL CENTENARY 1880 IN COMMEMORATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS" "TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT"

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Hymn book

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Photograph - Paul C. Blacker

Key words

blacker, paul c.
blacker, anne
blacker, jonathan

B&W waist length photograph of Paul Blacker.

Historical information

Paul C. Blacker left school at 15 to undertake a printing apprenticeship. He then entered Otira to obtain the Higher School Certificate and his Local Preachers Certificate. In 1977, he and his wife Anne started a printing business, while Paul worked as a lay pastor at Moonee Ponds. He was ordained in 1987 and served at Daylesford, Eaglehawk, and was Presbytery Minister for Loddon Campapse Presbytery.

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Photograph - Reverend Professor Davis McCaughey

Key words

mccaughey, davis
ormond college, governor of victoria, theological hall, professor of new testament studies
john petrie, ben seipolt

B & W photograph of Professor McCaughey lecturing to students John Petrie and Ben Seipolt at Ormond College in c.1958.

Historical information

Professor McCaughey was born on 12 July 1914 and died on 25 March 2005. He came to Melbourne in 1953 as Professor of New Testament Studies in the Theological Hall at Ormond College. He became Master of Ormond College in 1959 a post he held for 21 years. He was Governor of Victoria for six years from 1986.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Lecture Ormond Prof D McCaughey with John Petrie, Ben Seipolt"

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Commemorative Trowel

Key words

wesleyan church st kilda
fraser, alexander
draper, daniel

Silver trowel with polished wooden handle. Trowel decorated around the edges and with an inscription.

Historical information

Commemorative trowel from Wesley Church St Kilda, 22 October 1857. Alexander Fraser (1802-1888), businessman and politician. Fraser lived at St Kilda and in 1857 was elected to its first Municipal Council; in 1859 he became chairman and mayor in 1864-65. An active churchman, he held most important offices in the Wesleyan Church and for thirty years was treasurer of the supernumerary fund, which he helped Rev. Daniel Draper to found. Dour and pious, Fraser was conscientious in fulfilling his political duties. He presided at numerous meetings and laid countless foundation stones.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to Alexander Fraser Esq J.P. on laying the foundation stone of the Wesley Church St Kilda 22nd October 1857. Rev. J. Harding Superintendent of the church. Rev. D.J. Draper Chairman of the District. Rev. J.A. Manton President of the Conference.

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Photograph

Key words

northern territory
inland mission
methodist

Gloss, black and white, head and shoulders photograph of Rev. Henry Griffiths.

Historical information

See entry for F53-1

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Photograph - Christine Gager Backstage work during Synod

Key words

gager, christine
synod 1984

Christine Gager is seated at her desk at Synod.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Christine Gager Backstage work during Synod C&N 17/10/1984 p.24"

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Photograph - Grave of John Hunt, Missionary to Fiji

Headstone photographed.

Historical information

The article in C&N reads: "The Methodist Church in Fiji wants Australians to come and join in their celebrations marking the arrival 150 years ago of the first missionaries…"

Inscriptions & Markings

Identification of C&N publication

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Photograph

Informal B & W gloss photo of Rev. Fred Vanclay, his wife Donna, Rosalie Rayment (later ordained) and one other unidentified person.

Historical information

Rosalie Rayment originally trained and worked as an Occupational Therapist. Following completion of studies in Theology she worked for 11 years with the Church in Thailand. Rosalie was ordained in 1988. Fred Vanclay B.D., Dip AgS. ordained 1964 in the Presbyterian Church. Served: Queensland 1961 - 1975; Victoria 1976 - 1985 Vermont - Parkmore; Northern Territory Tennant-Barkly Patrol 1985 - 1993. Died in 2016. Adapted from the eulogy given by his son, Jerry Vanclay One of Fred’s first placements as a minister was in Mackay, North Queensland. Mackay was a wonderful place for Fred, his wife Donna and their young family. They all loved the beaches and the bush, and the children completed a significant part of their schooling there. Whilst posted in Mackay, Fred and Donna enjoyed long road trips in their modest HR Holden sedan, with the family, to Uluru, to Broome via the Borroloola Track, and down the Birdsville Track to the Flinders ranges; along the way, developing the bushcraft that would stand them in good stead later in the Tennant-Barkly Patrol. After many years in ministry in Mackay, then in Vermont, Victoria, Fred and Donna were called to the Tennant-Barkly Patrol in the Northern Territory, where he served for eight years, probably Fred’s most satisfying years. All Fred’s parishes were welcoming and rewarding, but Fred said on more than one occasion that he had a special love for the Patrol. He felt that in an urban congregation, he ministered mainly to those who came to Church, but in the Patrol he ministered to everyone, and especially to those in need. Fred loved to get involved with the day-to-day activities of his people, to develop a deeper relationship and greater understanding. Some remarked that when Fred helped, everything took longer, but they loved him and his assistance nonetheless. Fred was proud to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Padre Fred McKay, and sometimes joked that he was “Fred the 2nd”, not Fred McKay, but “Fred from Mackay”. During his last few weeks in hospital, Fred liked to reminisce on his time in the Patrol. He joked about how he surprised the selection panel with his knowledge of bush tracks and outstations – knowledge that he had gained on those long road trips from Mackay. He reflected that many aspects of his life were good preparation for his time in the Patrol. After their Patrol, Fred and Donna retired to Mt Waverley, in Melbourne, but they were both restless in retirement, and undertook supply ministries in Wedderburn, Kerang and North Cairns, and made several long journeys into the interior and into their beloved Patrol [in Tennant Creek] – as well as frequent visits to their eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and occasional trips to Europe to reunite with distant family. They never tired of ministering and adventuring, but as age and infirmity progressively clipped their wings, they travelled more in spirit and less by car. Despite the many celebrations that he blessed – baptisms, marriages, and funerals – Fred never sought the limelight, and I think he would be surprised by our gathering today. I can almost hear him saying “Don’t make a fuss; just say a heartfelt prayer together”. – Jerry Vanclay

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph - Dr. Ian Fry

Key words

fry, ian

B&W head and shoulders photograph of Dr Ian Fry.

Historical information

Dr. Ian Fry is an author.

Inscriptions & Markings

Artgraf studios The Spectator 22/10 p5

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Photograph - Reverend Alexander Palmer and Edna Palmer celebrate their golden wedding anniversary

Key words

palmer, alexander
palmer, edna

B&W head and shoulders photograph of Alexander and Edna Palmer.

Historical information

Reverend Alexander Palmer was ordained in 1961 and served at Ballarat West, Nyah West, Nhill, Wangaratta, Traralgon, and Maryborough. He entered permanent retirement in 1994.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rev Alex and Mrs Palmer C&N 9/4/1986 p 33"

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Ephemera - Commemorative card

Key words

methodist order of knights
methodist order of knights adekate camp
methodist order of knights court saytrane

White card with black text and green edging. Signatures of Pages and Leaders.

Historical information

Gary Osborne (Commander); Wayne Jolly (Deputy Commander)

Inscriptions & Markings

"Annual Pages Camp Adekate 1987 21st" "Pages & Leaders who Attended the 21st Camp"

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Symbol

Key words

methodist order of knights

The Esquire's Mark symbol. Square brass symbol with wood base and wood cover. Symbol has a blue background.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph

Key words

rev. frank morris; methodist church; casterton; yarram; tasmania la; glamorgan; hobart city centre

B & W gloss head and shoulders photograph of Rev. Frank Morris.

Historical information

Rev Frank Morris ordained in the Methodist church 1966, Minister at Casterton 1966-1968, Yarram 1969-1971, Tasmania LA 1972-1989, Glamorgan 1990-1993, Hobart City Centre 1994-1995, permanent retirement 1995.

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Photograph

Key words

dr alan crown, semitic studies, university of sydney

B & W photograph of Dr Alan Crown giving a talk on ABC Radio.

Historical information

See obituary: http://learning.mandelbaum.usyd.edu.au/about-us/alan-crown/

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Regalia - Deputy Chief Ray Sash

Key words

methodist girls' comradship rays section

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.

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Communion token

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

Inscriptions & Markings

"M. M. K.A. 1760"

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Book frontispiece

Head and shoulders portrait of the Rev. Harold A. Overend B.A.

Historical information

Harold Overend was born in Tasmania in 1870 and died in 1948.

Inscriptions & Markings

President of Conference 1926

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Photograph

Key words

presbyterian
moderator
moderator-general
faichney, n.
yarnold, s. e.
general assembly of australia

Gloss, black and white photograph of Rev. Norman Faichnay and Rev. Stephen Yarnold.

Historical information

Rev. Norman Faichney (1910-) was Moderator of Victoria in 1958 and Moderator-General of General Assembly of Australia, 1967-70. Rev Stephen E. Yarnold (1903-1978) was Moderator of Victoria in 1963.

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Photographic print block

Key words

glen iris presbyterian church

Image of an unknown man sitting behind a table with his hands crossed and on the table.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: "35"

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Photograph - Rev. Duncan E. Reeves

Key words

reeves, duncan e.
congregational church

Reeves is shown as an elderly man holding hands with two little girls. He is dressed in a suit with waistcoat. They are standing near the fence of a public garden.

Historical information

Former Congregational minister. Born Ballarat 7/9/1887, died Ascot Vale 18/2/1962. Attended Congregational College Victoria 1916–1919. Ordained Glenhuntly 11/12/1919. Ministry exercised in Busselton WA 1914-1916; Koonung/East Kew 1916-1919; Glenhuntly 1919-22; Elsternwick 1923-25; Forest Street Bendigo 1926-30; Northcote 1931-33; Luhrs Road, Payneham/Medindie S.A. 1934-37; Houghton/Paracombe S.A. 1938-42; Seddon/Yarraville 1943-46; Director, Congregational Young People's Department 1946-51; Hughesdale 1951-57; Maryborough 1958-1960. President Congregational Union of Victoria 1950-51. Married Annie Williams, father of Rev. John Reeves.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rev. Duncan E. Reeves"

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Photograph - Reverend Professor Davis McCaughey

Key words

mccaughey, davis
ormond college, governor of victoria, theological hall, professor of new testament studies
warren clarnette

B & W photograph of Davis McCaughey in conversation with Warren Clarnette in his study.

Historical information

Professor McCaughey was born on 12 July 1914 and died on 25 March 2005. He came to Melbourne in 1953 as Professor of New Testament Studies in the Theological Hall at Ormond College. He became Master of Ormond College in 1959 a post he held for 21 years. He was Governor of Victoria for six years from 1986.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Davis McCaughey and Warren Clarnette C&N 12.2/1986 pages 18-19"

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