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.