Scots Church, Melbourne

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The Scots' Church is a Presbyterian church in Melbourne, Australia. It was the first Presbyterian church to be built in the Port Phillip District (now the state of Victoria) and is located on Collins Street. It is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Australia and has been described as "an icon for well over a hundred years".BackgroundThe Reverend James Forbes was recruited to come to Australia as a Presbyterian minister by the Revd John Dunmore Lang, arriving in Melbourne from Sydney via boat on 20 January 1838. He found that a retired Church of Scotland minister, the Revd James Clow, had arrived on 25 December 1837 and had commenced an afternoon service from 2 pm and 4 pm according to Presbyterian forms in a basic building constructed west of William Street and north of Little Collins Street (now the site of the AMP centre). Clow had been a Church of Scotland chaplain in Bombay, India but had retired and was of independent means. He had intended to settle in South Australia but when he stopped en route in Hobart the positive reports about Port Phillip led him to visit the Port Phillip District in October 1837 and then settle permanently.Original churchForbes continued the Presbyterian services commenced by Clow on 31 December 1837 in the "Pioneers Church" near the north west corner of William Street and Little Collins Street. The Church of England soon made exclusive claims to this communal building and so Forbes held services in Craig and Broadfoot's store in Collins Street until a temporary timber building called "The Scots' Church" was opened on the adjoining land loaned by David Fisher in July 1838. The site was between where the Olderfleet and Rialto buildings were subsequently erected (Lot 14 Section 2). It was essentially a large room with a fireplace.
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  • Scots Church is a quick stop that isn't at all crowded, is easy to see quickly, and has beautiful stained glass.  more »
  • The architecture is beautiful and reflects the period when it was built in the mid 1800's.Inside is not that special but definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • Next time I am visiting Melbourne I will spend a day just exploring the churches. So many superb old churches, each one of them is filled with character and stories to tell. Scots Church is another li...  more »
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  • A must-visit monument of architectural and historical significance, I just noticed the Fifth Battalion Regiment memorial for fallen soldiers of both World Wars was neglected and there wasn’t any photos of it so I added them.
  • Historical and charming 😁💆🏻‍♀️
  • Wonderful building showcasing old diversity of Melbourne. there is a Scottish piper playing after the services.
  • Amazing beautiful and the organ piano just outstanding
  • Wonderful Christmas Carols the week before Christmas

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