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Ross Memorial Uniting Church

Ross Memorial Church, Perth

31°56′55″S 115°50′33″E / 31.94850°S 115.84255°E / -31.94850; 115.84255Coordinates: 31°56′55″S 115°50′33″E / 31.94850°S 115.84255°E / -31.94850; 115.84255
Location Hay St & Colin St, West Perth, Western Australia
Country Australia
Denomination Presbyterian
History
Founder(s) Reverend Daniel Ross
Dedicated 15 July 1916
Significant associated people Robert Alexander Gamble, Lord John Forrest
Architecture
Status Church
Functional status Active
Architect(s) James Hine F.R.I.B.A.
Architectural type Chapel
Style Federation Gothic revival
Completed 1917
Construction cost £4,147
Specifications
Materials Red brick, sandstone

The Ross Memorial Church is a Uniting Church building on Hay Street in West Perth, Western Australia.

History

Five years prior to the construction of the church a brick hall (designed by Andrew Oswald Wilson) was built adjacent to the church's site, as the congregation was growing too large for their earlier Havelock Street hall, where they had been for nearly 17 years. That earlier site was sold to the Catholic community, and the Hay Street land purchased from them for the purpose of constructing a church, hall, and manse.

The church is named after Daniel Ross, who was minister of the West Perth Presbyterian congregation until his death in 1917. It was completed in 1917 at a total construction cost of £4,147.

The architect for the project was James Hine, FRIBA, and the building contractor was R. A. Gamble. It was built in the Federation Gothic revival style. The church contains a pipe organ chamber with case, and display pipes arranged in 3 towers.

Senator Agnes Robertson was a longtime member of the church, teaching the girls' Bible class and becoming one of the first women to serve as a lay preacher.

Plaques on the walls describe the dedication and West Perth Heritage Trail text:

Dedication

This stone was laid
by the Right Honourable
Sir John Forrest
P.C., G.C.M.G., L.L.D..
Assisted by Lady Forrest
15th July 1916.

James Hine, F.R.I.B.A.,
Architect

R. A. Gamble,
Contractor

Heritage trail

   The West Perth Presbyterian Church was first
   established in Havelock Street in 1898. However, as the
   congregation swelled during the gold boom years of the
   1890s and early 1900s, it was found to be too small.
   The Ross Memorial Church was built during the First
   World War (1914 - 18), largely as a result of the efforts of
   the Reverend Ross, who died only a few months after its
   completion in 1917.
  

Present day

As well as services, the church is used for community functions and weddings.

The church is currently the home of the Wesley worshipping community of the Uniting Church in the City, part of the Uniting Church in Australia

It is currently listed with the Heritage Council of Western Australia, as Heritage Place No. 2235.

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