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St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Title : St Andrew's Presbyterian Church St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
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Date of creation : ca. 1875
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One of the most picturesque churches in the state is St. Andrew's church at Strathalbyn. The first settlers, mostly Scottish, arrived in the area in 1840. The Rev. Ralph Drummond was invited to travel from Adelaide to conduct services in the homes of William Rankine ('Glenbarr') and Edward Stirling ('Hampton'). The first church was built in 1844, but a larger building was needed by 1849 and a new building - the nave of the present church - was opened. In 1857 a transept was added, and in 1865 the building was completed by the addition of a spire and porch. The distinctive tower was built in 1869 to house a bell given by Edward Stirling. A major division occurred within the congregation in 1877 when an organ was installed to replace the traditional 'pitchpipe' and unaccompanied singing. The complainants established a 'mission' church under elders Stark and Robertson which operated for a few years. In 1963 the Strathalbyn Presbyterians became an unofficial joint parish with the Milang Congregationalists, pre-dating formation of the Uniting Church in 1977.
Related names :

Drummond, Ralph, 1792-1872

Rankine, William, 1799-1882

Stirling, Edward, d. 1873

Milang Congregational Church (S. Aust.)

St Andrew's Church (Strathalbyn, S. Aust.)

Coverage year : 1875
Place : Strathalbyn (S. Aust.)
Region : Mt Lofty Ranges and Eastern Plain
Further reading :
'Free Presbyterian Church Ecclesiastical record: the Presbytery', Free Presbyterian, 1 October 1877, p. 345
Gemmell, Nancy. Old Strathalbyn and its people 1839-1939, Adelaide: National Trust of South Australia, [1985]
Rankine, JW. St Andrew's Church Strathalbyn, centenary 1844-1944, [Strathalbyn, S. Aust.: St Andrew's Church], 1944
St Andrew's Church (Strathalbyn, S. Aust.). Church records, 1865-1949, SRG 123/225-230
Whitehead, John. Adelaide: city of churches, Magill: M.C. Publications, 1986
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