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St. John's Church Rhine Villa
Title : St. John's Church Rhine Villa St. John's Church Rhine Villa
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Date of creation : 1911
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 105 x 152 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Due to the 1847 division in the Lutheran church, many towns had two Lutheran churches until 1966 when the two Synods reunited. Cambrai, or Rhine Villa, as it was known before the First World War at one time had three Lutheran churches. A breakaway congregation was formed in the small town in 1903, said to have been the result of one of the local families being slighted by an elder reading the wedding banns for the approaching marriage of their daughter. The elder omitted the term 'Jungfrau' (maiden) from the announcement, casting doubt on the young lady's virtue. The upshot was that the bride's family and friends left the church, forming a separate congregation and eventually building the Hope Church at Cambrai in 1904. However, events in the wider church, centring around local pastors who had been trained at a theological college in Hannover, were possibly the major catalyst for the split. St John's Lutheran Church was built in 1911 on land donated by Gottlob Laube for a church and school. It closed in 1967 and today houses the Cambrai Agricultural Museum.

Related names :

Laube, Gottlob

Cambrai Agricultural Museum

Hope Lutheran Church (Cambrai, S. Aust.)

St. John's Church (Cambrai, S. Aust.)

United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Australia

Coverage year : 1911
Place : Cambrai (S. Aust.); Rhine Villa (S. Aust.)
Region : Riverland and Murraylands
Further reading :
'Lutheran Church, Rhine Villa' [photograph], Chronicle, 19 August 1911, p. 31
'Rhine Villa', Observer, 12 August 1911, p. 18
Scherer, Philipp A. St. John's - Rheinthal, Tanunda, S. Aust.: P. Scherer, 1991
Schirmer, AE. Ardie's life: from green grass to stained glass: autobiography, Fulham, S. Aust.: Eric and Ruth Fiebig, 2003
Schirmer, Heather. Rhine Villa, Cambrai and beyond: history of settlement, [Cambrai, S. Aust.: H. Schirmer], 2001
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