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Dublin Primitive Methodist Church

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Fast Facts
Type of organisation: Religious



Town or locality: Dublin
Date established: 1881
Ceased operation: 1967
Established by: Primitive Methodists
Business or purpose: Religious services
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The original land grant for Lot 51 Hundred of Dublin was purchased by Isaac Birtwistle on 23 August 1876.  Mr. Anthony purchased the property on 2 August 1880.

The first Primitive Methodist Church Trustees at Dublin were: William Crosby - storekeeper, Rev Samuel Gray - Minister from the Two Wells Church, Jonathon Porter, Joel Prime, Ralph Bunbury Smith and John Martin all farmers of Dublin.

In 1880 a tender from Mr Fielding was accepted to build the church for  335 pounds.

On 10th and 12th October 1880 six foundation stones were laid, one on each corner of the building and one either side of the front door. The six ladies involved in the ceremony were: Mesdames W. Crosby, J. Prime, J. Porter, G.H. Lindsay, Misses Martin and Forbes. The Reverends Gray and Underwood conducted the service.  

The church was completed for a cost of 500 pounds and opened in February 1881 with Reverend Clark of Victoria officiating at the service.

Records indicate that the debt owing on the church was cleared during the ministry of Reverend Dinglle 1900-1910.

In 1900, prior to church union, the Primitive Methodist Church circuit comprised of the following: Dublin, Barabba, Lower Alma, Mallala, Feltwell and Shannon churches,

Church union occured in 1900 between the Bible Christians, Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan faiths to become the Methodist Church of Australia.

The Dublin Methodist Church progressed as part of the Mallala Circuit.

In June 1910 at a meeting chaired by Rev Chas C. Scafer, it was agreed that a front porch be added to the Dublin Church. Mr Cheney was contracted to build the porch.

In 1920 following the conclusion of World War One, an extension to the Dublin Church was planned for a Memorial Hall and Kindergarten and Mr Rossiter provided the plans and specifications. A tender was accepted  for Mr Jonathon Porter to be paid 95 pounds to build the extension.

On 24 April 1920 the foundation stone was laid by Mrs G Taylor to the Glory of God and in memory of the three soldiers from the district who were Killed in Action during World War One - Pte Norman Thompson, Pte Lloyd Habner and Liet. Cecil E. Patterson. The hall was also blessed for the use and well being of the Kindergarten children. Three round windows were etched in memory of the above named soldiers.

The Dublin Methodist Church Hall extension was opened in 1921.

During the 1960s,  due to dwindling numbers, it was decide by the parish that it was not possible to have two churches operating in the western area. Prior to a decision to close a church, Dublin and Windsor Methodist Churches alternated their services on a quarterly basis over a period of a year. The difficult decision was then made to close the Dublin Church and leave open  for worship the Windsor Methodist Church.

Ther final service in the Dublin Methodist Church was held on 31 December 1967.  It was conducted by the Reverend Jim Dawes with the first half of the service being held in the Dublin Church and the congregation then driving the short distance to complete the service in the Windsor Methodist Church.

The Dublin Church was later sold and is now a private residence.

Dublin Primitive Methodist Church Ministers 1881 - 1899 as follows:

1881  S. Gray

1882  W. Jenkin

1884  H.J. Parkinson

1888  A.W. Wellington

1891  Thos Weatherill

            W.R. Stephenson

             R.J. Dadow

             J.J. Salmon

             W.R. Stevenson

             W.W. Finch

Dublin Methodist Church Ministers 1900 - 1967 (Following amalgamation)

                         Reverends:

1900 - 1910      J. Dingle

1910 - 1912      C.E. Schafer

1912 - 1914      S. Mugford

1915 - 1916      T. Thredbald

1916 - 1918       M. Tresise

1919 - 1921       S. Rossiter

1922 - 1926       F. Rogers

1926 - 1929       J.C. Jennison

1929 - 1932       L.D. Keipert

1932 - 1936       J. McIntosh

1936 - 1939       H.C. Hill   (Died in service)

1939 - 1941       E. Broomhead

1941 - 1944       S.H. Dorman

1944 - 1946       A. R. Broadbent

1944 - 1946       R. Plowes

1950 - 1954       L.T. Ashman

1954 - 1957       T.C.O. Patrick

1957 - 1958       R.C. Dalton

1958 - 1962       F. Albury

1963 - 1965       M. Polkinghorne (died in service)

1965 - 1967       J. A. Dawes.

Above dates Compiled by P. Thompson  - Dublin History Group Inc.            

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  • Information provided by the Dublin History Group Inc.
Dublin Institute (left) and Dublin  Methodist Church, South Australia
Dublin Institute (left) and Dublin Methodist Church, South Australia
Dublin Methodist Church opening of rear extension in 1921
Dublin Methodist Church opening of rear extension in 1921
Dublin Methodist Church showing rear extension in 1921
Dublin Methodist Church showing rear extension in 1921
Dublin Methodist Church
Dublin Methodist Church
A Plaque tells the story of the former Dublin Methodist Church
A Plaque tells the story of the former Dublin Methodist Church
Dublin Methodist Church cairn with plaque
Dublin Methodist Church cairn with plaque
A plaque marks the extension on the rear of the Dublin Methodist Church
A plaque marks the extension on the rear of the Dublin Methodist Church
Dublin Methodist Church with cairn
Dublin Methodist Church with cairn
Dublin Methodist Church Hall Memorial Window
Dublin Methodist Church Hall Memorial Window
Jonathon Porter- One of the first trustees of the Dublin Primitive Methodist Church
Jonathon Porter- One of the first trustees of the Dublin Primitive Methodist Church


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