Scots Uniting Church

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Scots Uniting Church

Scots Un­it­ing Church is a Victorian Gothic style stone church com­plet­ed in 1892, pro­minently posi­tion­ed on lower York Street.

Follow­ing the com­­ple­tion of the rail­way link to Perth in the 1890's, Albany ex­peri­enc­ed a rapid growth in popula­tion and wealth. Many sub­stanti­al build­ings were con­struct­ed in this period includ­ing the Albany Town Hall, Old Post Office and Old Court House.

Scots Church is an im­port­ant landmark that repres­ents a key period of develop­ment for the Albany region.

Prior to 1890, the local Anglican Pre­sbyterian con­grega­tion would meet in the Albany Court House or Albany Town Hall. Desir­ing their own church, Melbourne architect Evan­der McIver was invit­ed to draw suit­able plans, with W. Sangster con­tract­ed to com­plete the build­ing. In 1891 the founda­tion stone was laid. The open­ing ceremony was held on 30th March 1892. The final cost of the church was 1416.

The church is con­struct­ed of well craft­ed local granite, has a strong gabl­ed form, render­ed buttresses and heav­ily timber­ed doors, topp­ed with a corrugat­ed iron roof. In 1969, a hall, kitchen, vestry and two rooms were added, built from local brick.

Locat­ed pro­minently on York Street, oppo­site St. Johns Anglican Church, Scots Church is an im­port­ant landmark that repres­ents a key period of develop­ment for the Albany region.

Form­­ally known as Scots Pre­sbyterian Church, it was renam­ed Scots Un­it­ing Church after the form­a­tion of the Un­it­ing Church of Australia in 1977, which merg­ed the Pre­sbyterian Church of Australia with the Con­grega­tion­al Union and the Method­ist Church of Australasia

Scots Un­it­ing Church con­tinues to hold services on the first Sunday of each month at 10:00 am. Through­out the year. a varie­ty of market days and soci­al events are held in the hall,

Article updated 31/03/2016.