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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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1421 items

1421 items

Photograph

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.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Cradle roll

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"

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph

Key words

jones, es
methodist

Gloss, black and white head and shoulders image of Rev. Eli Stanley Jones.

Historical information

Rev. Eli Stanley Jones (1884-1973), born in Baltimore USA, was a missionary and wrote bestselling The Christ of the Indian Road.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Your friend and His, Stanley Jones"

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Ceremonial sword

Key words

methodist order of knights

Heavy metal chrome cermonial sword with crossguard hilt.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph

Key words

methodist
alardice, ronald
president of conference
samoa
piula theological college
goulburn valley

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.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph - Rev. L. Farquhar Gunn

Key words

gunn, l. farquhar
victorian presbyterian assembly
general assembly of australia

Head & shoulders of Gunn looking to his left.

Historical information

Gunn was Stated Clerk of the Victorian Presbyterian Assembly until 1976. In 1986 he had been ordained 50 years. Gunn was ordained on February 12, 1936 in New Zealand. He served in three parishes before chaplaincy with the 20th Armoured Regiment in WW2. He was awarded the MBE for devotion to duty and recovering wounded soldiers across a minefield under mortar fire. He was called to St Andrew's Gardiner in 1955 and became the Stated Clerk of the Assembly in 1969, and in 1970 was also Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of Australia. He was Moderator of Victoria in 1965 and 1967. He chaired the Joint Constituional Council and the commission set up to prepare the interim constituion of the Uniting Church. He presided over the inaugural assembly of the UCA on June 22 1977 and made the declaration of inauguration.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph

Key words

flockhart, david j.
flockhart, samuel c.

Matte, black and white, head and shoulders, studio portrait of the brothers Rev. David J Flockhart and Rev. Samuel C Flockhart.

Historical information

Rev. David J Flockhart (1853-1943) and Rev. Samuel C Flockhart (1862–1949) were brothers.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Symbol - Guardian of Entrance Symbol

Key words

methdoist girls' comradeship

Four gold coloured metal Guardian of Entrance symbol. Methodist Girls' Comrades regalia attached to the centre of the sash.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Regalia - Methodist Order of Knights Shield and Collar

Key words

methodist order of knights

Purple velvet with blue cross, gold braid edgeing and gold metal fringe. Gold coloured collar. Gold General Court symbol, Gold Star of Youth and silver colour Maltese Cross, Silver Deputy Commander symbol [crown and gavel]

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Engraving - Rev. Benjamin Danks

Key words

danks, benjamin
new britain

Engraving of Rev. Benjamin Danks based on the portrait.

Historical information

Benjamin Danks was b. 1853 England, ordained 1878, and died 1921 in Rookwood, NSW. DANKS, Benjamin (1853-1921) Michael Horsburgh DANKS, BENJAMIN (b. Wednesbury, England, 12 Feb 1853; d. Sydney, NSW, 12 April 1921). Methodist missionary in New Britain and missionary administrator. Benjamin Danks migrated to Vic with his family when a young child. He entered the Wesleyan Methodist ministry in 1878 and was sent with his wife, Emma, daughter of John and Elizabeth Watsford, to join the Rev George Brown in the newly established missionary venture on the Duke of York group in New Britain, where he remained for nine years. An opponent of 'blackbirding', the traffic in indentured island labour for the Australian sugar cane industry, he warned local inhabitants not to go aboard any vessel recruiting labour for distant places, much to the displeasure of the labour traders. In 1880 he participated in the rescue of the survivors of the ill-fated settlement established by the Marquis de Rays. In 1907 he succeeded George Brown as the general secretary of Foreign Missions for the Methodist Church of Australasia and was president of the NSW Conference in 1908. He retired in 1918 and died in 1921 after a long illness attributed to the privations of his missionary career. Danks was highly regarded as a linguist and published the first book in the Tolai language of New Britain. He was a strong supporter of state legislation to control social evils, and to ensure pure food and drugs. He was an ardent temperance advocate. George Brown, An Autobiography (London, 1908); New South Wales Methodist Conference, Souvenir of the Presidency of the Rev. Benjamin Danks (Sydney, 1909); Wallace Deane (ed), In Wild New Britain (Sydney, 1933); Neville Threlfall, One Hundred Years in the Islands (Rabaul, 1975). MICHAEL HORSBURGH Electronic Version © Southern Cross College, 2004. Content © Evangelical History Association of Australia and the author, 2004.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rev. B. Danks. Late of New Guinea, Foreign Mission Secretary, Melbourne."

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Blazer

Key words

congregational youth fellowship
hocking, rob

Men's royal blue felt blazer. The body of the blazer is unlined and the sleeves are lined with cream cotton. It has two plastic buttons and one inner pocket on the right side. The blazer pocket bears an embroidered Congregational Youth Fellowship symbol in red, white and gold. The blazer has the maker's label but no size.

Historical information

This blazer belonged to Rob Hocking who was involved with the Congregational Youth Fellowship from 1951 - 1960.

Inscriptions & Markings

"CONGREGATIONAL YOUTH FELLOWSHIP" "EXCLUSIVE TO ... BLAZER SHOP THE MYER STORE FOR MEN"

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

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

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.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph - Johnny Gray: former wrestler turned Christian

Key words

gray, johnny
professional wrestler
moonee vale uc

One photo is of Gray wearing his wrestling costume and the other is of his head looking sideways.

Historical information

Johnny Gray was born in England and came to Australia in 1959, and grew up in Broadmeadows, Pascoe Vale, and educated at Broadmeadows Tech. In 1970 he began professional wrestling, competing in countries around the world. Retiring from wrestling he became a health and fitness consultant. His Christian pilgrimage began with the Leighton Ford crusade and at the time of the interview he was an elder at Moonee Vale UC.

Inscriptions & Markings

C&N identification on both.

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

Key words

watkins, coral
dy, nhem
springvale uniting church

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"

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Poor fund box

Key words

poor fund

Hand made varnished wooden box with gold lettering. The box has a drawer on the right edge and a slot on its top. The drawer has a small screw for opening. The lettering is hand painted with gold paint.

Inscriptions & Markings

"POOR FUND"

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Photograph - A little faith in a very big God - Barbara MacKay, widow of Donald Mackay

Key words

mackay, barbara
mackay, donald
griffith
anti-drug campaigner

Mackay is shown with hands clasped behind her back facing the camera.

Historical information

2-page story about Barbara Mackay finding out about the murder of her husband, Donald Mackay. He was an anti-drug campaigner in Griffith, NSW. Barbara Mackay was a member of the Griffith UC, and she told her story to a North Brisbane presbytery women's dinner late in 1984.

Inscriptions & Markings

Identification of the person.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph

Key words

holden, albert t.

Torn partial page from publication? 5 rows of seated and standing men of varying ages from approx late 30s to 80s. Possible identification of Albert Holden standing at the back.

Historical information

See other entries for F46, if, indeed, this is a correct identification of Holden.

Inscriptions & Markings

"...onaries, Victoria, 1905"

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph

Key words

smith, f. c.
beattie
queen's orphan school
indigenous
methodist

Semigloss, sepia studio profile portrait of Fanny Cochrone Smith on board.

Historical information

Fanny Cochrane Smith was a resident of Queen's Orphan School, Hobart. She and her husband were early converts to Methodism.

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph - Sister Enid (Alice Blenkinsop)

Key words

blenkinsop, alice
sister enid

Shows her standing behind a chair with a painting behind her.

Historical information

The newspaper clipping (item F251-2) reads: "Sister Enid of the Methodist Mission in Prahran has won this week's Bouquet for a Lady. And as the bouquet was given to her by the mission's superintendenet, Rev. Frank Hartley, she said, 'This is the biggest surprise I've ever had.' Sister Enid has been a mission sister for 23 years. As Miss Alice Blenkinsop she trained at Melbourne Central Mission, and later worked in the slums of Collingwood and at the Wesley Mission in Hobart. She has also been a court probation officer. On Thursdays Sister Enid runs the Friendship Club for elderly women and pensioners at Prahran. Children have a special place in her heart. 'We used to mother the poor little dears during the depression, take them on holidays and form clubs where they could be together,' she said. She is training a children's choir for the Christmas carol service at the mission."

Inscriptions & Markings

"Sister Enid Wesley Prahran Mission Hobart 1940s, 1950s 1960s. Alice Blenkinsop. Happy birthday to Win, with my love, Alice"

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Photograph - Ellemor, Michael

Key words

ellemor, michael
church & nation editor

Both are head & shoulders photos.

Historical information

March 1988 was Michael Ellemor's first time as Editor of C&N. September 24 1986 Ellemor was the acting Editor while Warren Clarnette was on long service leave. In 1980 Ellemor was the first candidate from Theological Hall to take a 12 months field education placement with C&N. Ellemor is now permanently retired (2017).

Inscriptions & Markings

Name and C&N identification.

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Photograph - Reverend Derek Evans

Key words

evans, derek

B&W head and shoulders of Rev Derek Evans speaking into a microphone.

Historical information

Reverend Derek Evans (1943 - 1988) was ordained in 1959 and served at Rushworth, Monash University chaplaincy, Wodonga, and Murrumbeena/Hughesdale.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rev Evans (Peter?) or Rev Derek Evans"

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph

Key words

swan, e.f.w

Matte, black and white, head and shoulders, studio portrait of Rev. Dr. Ernest FW Swan.

Historical information

Re. Dr. Ernest F.W. Swan started in ministry in Victoria but went to America to serve a nondenominational church in Piedmont, Oakland.

Inscriptions & Markings

Rev E.F.W Swan MA 1962

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Photograph

Key words

rev peter williams, methodist, wesleyan, minister, east end mission

Sepia toned head and shoulders studio portrait of the Rev. Peter Thompson.

Historical information

Rev. Peter Thompson (1847 - 1909) was Superintendent of the East End Wesleyan Mission. Entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1871. Died 1909. The second son of a Lancashire farmer, Peter grew up in a tee-total Methodist household with a rather austere father and a saintly mother. He trained at Didsbury Wesleyan College where he was, by all accounts, a brilliant student. He was stationed in Ulverston and then Huddersfield (by 1876). By 1881 Peter had married and was Minister at Wood Green. He and his wife, Mary, do not appear to have had any children. They spent some years in Redhill and then, following the decision of Conference in 1885 to establish the London Wesleyan Methodist Mission, Peter was sent to the East End of London to take charge of the almost defunct St George’s Wesleyan Chapel. His work as a slum missionary was so successful that soon larger premises were required. In addition the mission took over a ‘most undesirable’ public house (The White Swan on Ratcliffe Highway) and later, in 1891, the Mahogany Bar. In 1898 he was interviewed by Charles Booth as part of Booth’s survey of London. Peter died after a long illness in 1909 having served 24 years in East London, one of the best known and loved Wesleyan ministers of his time.

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Regalia - Sash

Key words

methodist girls' comradship rays section
methodist church albert street ballarat

Methdodist Girls' Comradeship Rays' Section 1st Monitor sash. Blue cotton with white bias binding and "M" and "1st" in fabric paint. Rosette of blue, white and gold. This sash does not conform with the Methodist Girls' Comradeship Rays' Section Dress and Regalia constitution.

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Photograph

Key words

alan watson, margaret st. john, eileen watson, moderator, presbyterian, minister
mrs bain

B & W photograph of the Very Rev. Dr Alan C. Watson dressed in the formal evening coat of the Moderator General with his daughter Margaret St. John in her wedding dress, his wife Mrs Eileen Watson and Mrs Bain.

Historical information

B 1900 Fielding NZ, Educated Otago University, Dunedin NZ. Ordained assist 1925. 1st Church Dunedin, 1927 East Taieri NZ, 1932 Christchurch St Pauls NZ; 1942-1967 Toorak; 1953 Moderator Victoria; 1959-1962 Moderator General Australia; 1967 emeritus, Presbytery of Flinders. Died 15 January 1976.

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Photograph - Bernice McLeod - article "Raking Memory's Coals"

Key words

mcleod, bernice
exmouth
uc national mission

Bernice McLeod is shown playing with a small child.

Historical information

The photo appears in an article titled "Raking memory's coals", about a visit by Roger Mitchell to Exmouth in 1983, where UC National Mission is at work on the frontier in the West. "In the car and over a meal we meet National Mission's community worker Bernice McLeod, self-effacing to the point of frustration, shrugging off a role in the oddly-mixed US base town which some say makes her saintly; others a pillar of the community."

Inscriptions & Markings

C&N 13/6/84 p. 3, p. 19.

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Photograph

Key words

wright j. clifford
waite stanley
young people's department
methodist

Gloss, black and white image of Rev. Clifford J. Wright with Rev. Stanley Waite.

Historical information

Rev. Clifford J. Wright (1910 - 1990) was director of Young People's Department 1954 - 1959.

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Photograph - Rev. Trevor Byard

Key words

byard, trevor
uniting church minister

B & W head and shoulders photograph of Rev. Trevor Byard

Inscriptions & Markings

C&N identification

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Cup, saucer and plates

Key words

carlton methodist mission headquarters
wesleyan methodist

White china crockery with gold rim and grey/black transfer print of headquarters. 4 plates, registration numbers 12.3, 12.4, 12.5 & 12.6; cup, registration number 12.1 and saucer, registration number 12.2.

Inscriptions & Markings

'The Carlton Methodist Mission Headquarters'

Uniting Church Archives - Synod of Victoria, Malvern East

Photograph - Reverend Graham Brooks

Key words

brooks, graham

B&W head and shoulders photograph of Rev. Graham Brooks

Inscriptions & Markings

"Rev Graham Brooks World Mission"

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