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Gawler Place
Title : Gawler Place Gawler Place
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Creator : Barrett, H., photographer
Date of creation : 1923
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 209 x 143
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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The old Congregational Chapel, Gawler Place, Adelaide. An article from the Advertiser, dated 6th February 1925, accompanies this photo. It deals with A Simpson & Son's intention to demolish and replace it with an extension to their premises, and also gives a brief history of the church. The chapel stood on the southern portion of acre 205. It faced east and was about 16 yards back from the street frontage.

The first Congregational chapel in South Australia was a provisional structure erected on Town Acre 5, on North Terrace. It was constructed of pine logs and reeds with a tent forming the interior. A design for a more permanent structure in Freeman Street (now Gawler Place) was undertaken by George Strickland Kingston with the land being donated by Mr John Brown in 1838. The foundation stone was laid in December 1839 and the building completed in November 1840, but with a large debt which was an embararrassment to the minister Thomas Quinton Stow.
The site had many tenants and uses when it was no longer used as a place of worship after the Stow Memorial Congregational Church was built in 1867. In 1987 the site was subsumed within the site of 45 Pirie Street when the ING Building was erected.
Related names :

Freeman Street Congregational Church (Adelaide, S. Aust.)

Kingston, George Strickland, 1807-1880

Stow, Thomas Quinton, 1801-1862

Coverage year : 1923
Period : 1919-1927
Place : Gawler Place (Adelaide: S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Page, Michael F Sculptors in space: South Australian architects 1836-1986 [Adelaide, S. Aust.]: Royal Australian Institute of Architects (South Australian Chapter), 1986

Jensen, Elfrida Colonial architecture in South Australia: a definitive chronicle of development 1836-1890 and the social history of the times Adelaide: Rigby, 1980

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