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METHODIST CHURCH GLENORCHY

Old Chapel New Church

The original Chapel at Glenorchy was built in 1828 on the corner of now Chapel Street and Main Road and even after the new Church opened 5th October 1910 the ‘Old Chapel’ was still used as a Sunday School.  

The Hallam family were very involved with the chapel at O'Briens Bridge, Thomas Hallam used to send men from Millbrook to assist with fencing etc. John Buckney actually built the stables in Rev Bridgwoods

time (1895).  He also put up the board fence on the Chapel Street side and spent many a Saturday afternoon repairing and puttying broken windows.  

Florrie Alberta Hallam, daughter of Thomas Hallam and her husband Arthur Walter Dennis were the last couple to be married in the Old Chapel on 30th April 1908.  Arthur Walter Dennis was later appointed Trustee at a Trust meeting held on the 14th. August 1919.  

Joseph Hallam and his wife Maria with daughter Hannah and various other members of the Hallam and Webb families were buried at the Old Chapel.

Eliza Rosetta, wife of William Henry Hallam was later reinterred at Cornelian Bay around the same time as Martin Cash perhaps our most famous bushranger was reinterred.  William Henry Hallam actually sat on the Board of Enquiry to find out why Martin Cash was refused entrance to the local hospital.  

By the early 1900's the Chapel at O'Briens Bridge was no longer feasible and it was decided to build a new chapel in the area.   On the 24th February 1910 a Memorandum of Gift was drawn up by John Hallam deeding to the Trustees of the Church at that time, namely the Reverend Vaudin, William Henry Hallam, John Buckney, John Cramp, Herbert Inches, Clarence Fremlin and Wilfrid Waterhouse, all that piece of land comprising an allotment situated on the Main Road at Glenorchy.  The original gift was for a sixty foot frontage but this was later extended by John Hallam to eighty feet and he also paid for costs of conveyance and stamp duty.  

The building of the new church was certainly a family affair with Johns'  brother (William Henry) son in law (Clarence Fremlin) and William Henry's son in law (John Buckney) as trustees, John donating the land, Thomas Hallam supplying some of the bricks and William Henry's son Sydney Augustus receiving the princely sum of Five pounds for the cartage of 10,000 bricks at 8 shillings per thousand.  John Buckney was also Secretary to the New Church Committee during the building of the new Church up until the time he left Glenorchy.  

It was also at this time that the first of the stained glass windows was commissioned by the family for the church and Bertha Elizabeth (nee Von Bibra) wife of John, wrote to Mr. Vaudin with her choice on May 21st. 1910.  

At this stage John was a member of the local school board of Advice, was Superintendent of the Wesleyan Sunday School and was a local preacher.  

In his role as Superintendent of the Sunday school John had the moulding of many young boys in the area whom he used to advise “Be a good student of Gods Word”.  John Buckney who later was to become a preacher himself spoke of John Hallam's spiritual personality in a letter to Harry Smith Secretary of the Church Trust at Glenorchy and how it was those early years in John Hallams Sunday school class that inspired him to enter the church.  

The foundation stone for the new church was laid by John Hallam on the 16th April 1910.  The church was opened on 5th October 1910 by Rev. F. Lade and this was followed by the dedication service on the 9th October  

The Hallam family also have the distinction of having the first couple married in the new church.  This was Daisy Holly Hallam daughter of Charles William Hallam and Catherine Baggott who married the Reverend Albert M. Horton on the 31st. May 1915.

 

 

 

 

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