Strathmore Uniting Church
Originally called Upland Rd Presbyterian, the church
commenced in 1935 after a proposal canvassed by Rev. John
Sinclair of the North Essendon Presbyterian Church. A
Board and a Ladies Guild formed. The foundation stone for
"Presbyterian Community Hall" laid in 1936. Architect was
Scarborough, Robertson and Love. It was built by local
builder, Mr. Todd. Cost of 1300 pounds and dedicated by
Rev. A. Irving Davidson, the Moderator of the Presbyterian
Foundation Stone for the old church was laid by the Right Reverend F. W. Roland, the moderator of the General Assembly. The church was built by Mr. Norman Miller. The Church was known as Strathmore prior to official council recognition of the name.
The Foundation Stone for the new church building was
laid by Rev. E. McIntyre Kippax on 11 March, 1962.
The new church was officially opened on the 3rd of November, 1962, by Mr. N.J. Mc Coll, the Session Clerk of the Strathmore Presbyterian Church for the previous 26 years. (Photo of Church being built.)
Strathmore Presbyterian Church became part of the Uniting Church in Australia on its formation on 22 June 1977. The Uniting Church of Australia was formed by the amalgamation of most of the congregations of the Methodist Church of Australasia, the Presbyterian Church of Australia and the Congregational Union of Australia. As part of this process the congregations of Strathmore Presbyterian Church, the Strathmore Methodist Church and Pascoe Vale Road Methodist Church were joined. This lead to the eventual closure and sale of both Methodist church buildings and land.
On the 10th of October 2013 the Victoria and Tasmania
Synod of the Uniting Church announced that the Strathmore
Uniting Church buildings would be "divested", to help pay
for debts accumulated due to the failure of a church run
school, the Acacia College. This came as a complete shock
to the congregation of the Strathmore Uniting Church, some
of whom were involved in the church for over 60 years. The
auction of the Strathmore Uniting Church buildings was
scheduled to occur on 11 December 2013, along with 21
other Uniting Church properties, however after the sale of
9 of the properties sufficient funds had been raised and
the auction of the remaining buildings was cancelled.
Strathmore Uniting Church buildings were not sold - much
to the relief of the congregation.