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28 July 2014

Woollamia Church 1934

Strolling the grounds of the museum nestled amongst the spotted gums you will find one of the tiniest church’s in Australia , measuring 6mx3m, with a small 1.6 sq/m foyer.


Originally located in Goodlands Road Woollamia on a bush block, it was initially a non – denominational church built by a few local families.


Woollamia Church opening day.


1934 - Construction began during the depression when tree local men were laid off their jobs.
It was constructed on land donated by local developer Henry Halloran, the community donated both labour and materials.

Later being taken over by the Methodists, but other denominations retained the right to use it.

1994 - There was a push to have the church moved to Huskisson, the Woollamia community resisted the move and it stayed on it’s bush block.

1950 - Following a bush fire the building was repainted and lined, an organ recess, arched window and dias added.

1989 - Attendance had dropped to two and the decision was made to sell the property including the building after concerns about it’s long term welfare.

1996 - New owners Reiner and Eileen van Beck donated the church to the Lady Denman Museum.

1997 - With the help of the Jervis Bay Lions Club, Integral Energy and other local businesses the church was moved to the grounds of the museum.

Restoration was undertaken by volunteers with Shoalhaven City Council donating paint and assistance from the Councils Heritage Advisor, Bruce Dawbin and John Flett.

1997 – The completed restoration was celebrated with an official opening by Mayoress, Val Atkins and blessed by Bay and Basin Uniting Church Minister Rev. Maggie Peereboom.

REF: Shoalhaven Independent Nov 26, 1997.


1 comment :

  1. Awesome! kind of looks like Henry Thoreau's cabin at Walden pond in Massachusetts