State Library of South Australia logo Religion in South Australia
SA Memory. South Australia past and present, for the future

New Church and Swedenborg Centre
Title : New Church and Swedenborg Centre New Church and Swedenborg Centre
Add To My SA Memory
Creator : State Library of South Australia, photographer
Date of creation : 2005
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 52 x 102 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
Catalogue record
The State Library of South Australia is keen to find out more about SA Memory items. We encourage you to contact the Library if you have additional information about any of these items.
Donated by : Anthony Laube
Copyright : Reproduction rights are owned by State Library of South Australia. This image may be printed or saved for research or study. Use for any other purpose requires permission from the State Library of South Australia. To request approval, complete the Permission to publish form.
Description :
The Adelaide Society of the New Church was formed by Jacob Pitman, William Holden and Smith Owen Smith and their families in 1844. In 1847 200 people attended the third anniversary service and concert. The first church was built in Carrington Street in 1850. The congregation reached its peak in the 1890s, at which time it was based in a building in Hanson Street. The Chauncy, Goyder and Auld families were amongst prominent members. The church's second minister (following Jacob Pitman when he left for Geelong in 1859) was Edward Day, who walked from his home at Hope Valley to take three services in the city each Sunday, before walking home again. For 34 years Day led the congregation without accepting payment of any kind. In 1965 the Hanson Street church was compulsorily acquired by the South Australian government for road widening purposes, and demolished. In 1971 the society built a new church at Warradale in a style which could be easily converted to a house if the need arose.
Related names :

Adelaide Society of the New Church

Coverage year : 2005
Place : Warradale (S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :
Adelaide Society of the New Church. Report and balance sheet of the Adelaide Society of the New Church, [Adelaide: The Society], 54th (1901)-92nd (1939)
Muirden, Bruce. 'Pitman, Jacob (1810-1890)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, volume 5, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1974, p. 446
Robinson, IA. A history of the New Church in Australia, 1832-1980, [Hawthorn, Vic.: Excelsior Printing], 1980
Internet links :



About SA Memory

Explore SA Memory

SA Memory Themes


My SA Memory


What's on