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Boonah, QLD - Methodist


State: Queensland
Denomination: Methodist
Address: 9 Church Street Boonah
GPS: -27.998959, 152.682776

History and Architecture:

A Mr Fuller visited the region in 1880. In September. 1881, Fassifern and Dugandan were appointed preaching places and in November Mr. Powell conducted devotions at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Betts, Boonah, in the afternoon, and afterwards at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Horton, Kalbar. Services continued at quarterly Intervals.

At Boonah the first service was held at the home of the late Mr. J. Betts and Mrs. Betts (afterwards Mrs. A, Vogel. sen, who now lives in John Street, Boonah), which was on the spot where the home of her son, Mr.J. Betts, stands. The congregation consisted of 24 persons, and the service was conducted by Rev. Powell. who had ridden from Ipswich for the purpose. Church goers attended the home for a few months for worship uintil services were started in the old State school building. As far as is known Mrs. Vogel's name is the oldest on the Boonah Church members roll. In the year 1888 the first church was built at Dugandan, on land given by the late Mr. Thomas Hardcastle not far from the bridge. This church was built by Messrs. George Beverley and T. Austin, and was opened by Rev. J. Buckle, head of the Methodist Church in Qieenaland at that time. In 1887 flood threatened to wash it away, so it was re-erected in 1889 on the site now occupied by the manse at the southern end of High Street.

The Church is now closed. After church Union it was Uniting Church until a new church was built in 1989. It was sold to the Salvation Army and they used it until they bought the old Church of Christ.

The black and white photo in this record is of the old church and was the original Primitive Methodist church. It was built at Dungandan in 1883 and then moved to a site on the ridge in Boonah in September 1892. After formation of the Methodist Church in Australia a new and much larger church was built in Church Street in 1907.

The old church was moved to Kalbar in 1908.


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* The list may not contain all serving Clergy.
1883 - 1885 Rev I. CASTLEHOW  
1885 - 1887 Rev W. LITTLE  
1887 - 1889 Rev C. WESLEY  
1889 - 1891 Rev Thomas THATCHER  
1891 - 1895 Rev Martin WEBSTER  
1895 - 1899 Rev NEWELL  
1899 - 1902 Rev I. WOIR  
1902 - 1903 Rev John ADAMSON  
1903 - Rev A.V. BOYD 3 months
1904 - 1907 Rev Thomas NOCK  
1907 - 1911 Rev J.H. HEATON  
1912 - 1915 Rev W.H. GREENWOOD  
1915 - 1916 Rev D.S. BRUMWELL  
1916 - 1919 Rev H.A. DENNY  
1919 - 1922 Rev J.A. PRATT  
1922 - 1925 Rev W.C. KIENDIENAT  
1925 - 1928 Rev F. HOF  
1928 - 1931 Rev A.C. TEMPEST  
1931 - 1932 Rev H.R. ROYCROFT  
1932 - 1934 Rev W.T. PHILLIPS  
1934 - 1938 Rev J. STIRLING  
1938 - 1943 Rev S.Y. POTTER  
1943 - 1944 Rev T. DENT  
1944 - 1947 Rev S.G. MONRO  
1947 - 1951 Rev H.T. UNWIN  
1951 - 1956 Rev F.S.J. BUCHHOLZ  
1956 - 1960 Rev A.L. ROSE  
1961 - 1963 Rev B.J. DALE  
1964 - 1967 Rev G.E. ANDREWS  
1968 - 1972 Rev Myron L. CHENEY  
1973 - 1980 Rev E.J. HUTTON  
Contributions: John Huth content and photos
Extract: Queensland Times 17 November 1941
Boonah, QLD - Methodist