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Uniting Church Historical Society   

For Uniting Church History,

 

Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational

churches, our folk, and our stories. 

 

Aims to –


Arouse interest in and promote the study and discussion
 of the Church, including its antecedent churches;
 
Promote the collection and preservation
of historical documents, artifacts and records;
 
Publish historical articles and lectures;
 
Promote the interchange of historical information
by lectures, readings and discussion;
 
Cooperate with other societies interested in
Victorian history, and the history of the Uniting Churches.

 

Activities –

 

Newsletters are mailed to members to keep in touch. 

We meet as a group through the year – Annual Meeting early in each calendar year with guest lecturer.

 

Mid-Year Lecture – in a warm winter place; Synod Lecture – a notable speaker is invited at each 18-monthly Synod Meeting.

 

Our Journal, 'Proceedings' is posted to members,  twice yearly, with articles contributed by lecturers, members and guest writers. It aims to be a well-documented reference for history in our field.  Historical interest tours, arranged as interest dictates.


2018 Events

The Uniting Church Historical Society has launched its new programme of events for 2018. This year’s programme covers at least five events covering a broad spectrum of subjects – from talks on ‘Goldfields Revivalism’ and ‘Mechanics Institutes in Victoria’ to a tour of Melbourne city churches taking place in October, following a similar event held last year.

The society, which covers  the area of the Victoria and Tasmania Synod, and aims to promote interest in the study and discussion of the Church (including its antecedent churches) through a range of activities including publishing articles and organising lectures, readings and discussions. It also works closely with Synod Records and Archives to collect and preserve artefacts, records, photos and other materials of historical interest.
 
Membership of the society is open to all interested people. An annual subscription costs $30 (concession: $25) which includes the society’s biannual journal, Proceedings, which later this year marks the 25th anniversary of its first publication. Proceedings features articles contributed by lecturers, members and guest writers. 

For more information on joining the society please contact the Treasurer, Rev Robert Renton, on 0427 812 606.

UNITING CHURCH HISTORICAL SOCIETY – SYNOD OF VICTORIA & TASMANIA
EVENTS PROGRAMME FOR 2018 

SUNDAY 11TH MARCH – 2.30pm – BLACKBURN CHURCH
Venue address: Cnr. Blackburn Road & The Avenue. [Melway Map 
47 K10]
Talk by Dr GRAEME DAVISON on: ‘Goldfields Revivalism’. 
 
SUNDAY 20TH MAY – 2.30pm – DEEPDENE CHURCH
958 Burke Road, Balwyn East. [Melway Map 45 K7]
Talk by Mr KEN JAMES on: ‘Mechanics Institutes in Victoria’
Annual Meeting.
 
SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST – 2.30pm – BLACKBURN CHURCH
Cnr. Blackburn Road & The Avenue. [Melway Map 
47 K10]
Talk by Rev Dr ROWLAND WARD on: ‘The Reformation and its Continuing Relevance’.
 
TUESDAY 9TH OCTOBER – Registration needed 
Tour of City Churches:
ST PETER’S Eastern Hill,
EAST MELBOURNE HEBREW CONGREGATION Albert St, 
TRINITY LUTHERAN Parliament Place.
 
SUNDAY 18TH NOVEMBER – 2.30pm – SCOTS CHURCH, CAMPBELLFIELD
Scots Church, Sydney Rd, Campbellfield. [Melway Map 7 F6]
Victoria’s oldest extant Presbyterian/ Uniting Church
Talk by Mr GEOFF SERPELL on: ‘Thomas Serpell, lay preacher, Registrar of Birth and Deaths’.


Contacts

 
 
Society President
Rev Peter C Aumann
1 Tintern Grove CHELTENHAM 3192
 Home 03 9532 0393
 ​
 
Secretary
Lorraine  Sage   
Unit 2/ 2 Belmont Ave GLEN IRIS 3146
Home 9885 9082
 
Treasurer
Rev Robert Renton
PO Box 5064
HOPPERS CROSSING
 3029
Mobile: 0427 812 606
 
 
Historical Society Membership is open to all interested people
ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION (2016): $30 / CONCESSION: $25
 
Forward to the Hon. Treasurer
Rev Robert Renton
PO Box 5064 HOPPERS CROSSING VIC 3029
Mobile: 0427 812 606
 
Cheques payable please to ‘Uniting Church Historical Society’
 
Please consider a financial donation or historical contribution to the Society.   
 
 

 

The Society works in association with the Archives of the Uniting Church in Australia (Synod of Victoria & Tasmania) and its staff and volunteers. The Archives encompasses a large and valued collection of historical documents and objects from the beginning of settlement in our States.  It covers the three Churches (Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian) that entered the Uniting Church in 1977.

 

It is a safe and useful place to donate your papers, photographs, stories and other records. 

Most of the historical records are stored off-site, in a secure environment, supported by fees paid for retrieval and access. 

  

A team of volunteers is directed by the Synod Archivist, Dr Jenny Bars.

The Archives is always keen to recruit more volunteers with a wide range of different interests and abilities.

 

The Victorian Archives Centre is located at: 54 Serrell Street, Malvern East VIC 3145 (Melway Map ref: 68 K2)

(Serrell Street runs between Dandenong and Waverley Roads)

Contact details - Phone: 9571 5476. Or email: archives@victas.uca.org.au

Open on Thursdays (except holidays) from 9am to 4pm. Other times by arrangement only; before visiting please call the Archivist to arrange a convenient slot.

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