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St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Hobart, Tasmania

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In 1821, Presbyterian settlers of Hobart Town sent a request to the Scottish Church for a minister. Archibald Macarthur, with somewhat questionable qualifications, volunteered, and was sent to Tasmania.[1] He conducted the first Presbyterian service in Australia by an ordained minister in Hobart on 5 January 1823.[2][1] The Presbyterian Church in Van Diemen's Land was officially formed on 3 Feb 1823 and the raising of funds to build a church was begun.[1] On 12 September 1824, St Andrew's Church in Hobart became the second Presbyterian church to open in all of Australia.[1][2] By 1835 a new and larger church was needed at St Andrew's. A hundred years later in 1934, St Andrew's merged with Chalmer's Free Church to form Scot's Church.

It became Scot's Uniting Church in June of 1977 when most congregations of the Methodist Church of Australasia, about two thirds of the Presbyterian Church of Australia and almost all the churches of the Congregational Union of Australia joined to form the Uniting Church in Australia.[3] [4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 S. M. Mortyn, Macarthur, Archibald (?–1847), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2, (MUP), 1967 (http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/macarthur-archibald-2386 : accessed 29 Jan 2018)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ivan Gaggin, Presbyterian Church, The Companion to Tasmanian History (http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/P/Presbyterian.htm : accessed 29 Jan 2018)
  3. Australian Christian Church Histories, Hobart TAS - Scot's Uniting
  4. Wikipedia, Uniting Church in Australia.

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