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.Put Scots Church at the forefront of your travel plans using our Melbourne tour itinerary tool .
Create an itinerary including Scots Church
Unable to display map at this time. Please try again later.
Scots Church Reviews
OldjackOctober 5, 2017
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 »
NunngoAugust 31, 2017
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 »
肉団子August 26, 2017
5月と8月にこの教会に行ったものの、どちらも中に入る事ができなかったので、専ら外観観光のみになった。 外観は尖塔付きのやや黒めの石造りな為、非常に重厚な感じがあって見入ってしまう。 またダウンタウンの高層ビルに囲まれているので新旧のギャップもなかなか良い感じ。 more »Because I went to this church on 5 July and August, although neither enters became only the appearance of exclusively. Little black stone Spire with a look, have a very profound feeling and amazement. Also because it is surrounded by skyscrapers in downtown Nice gap between old and new feel.
Paul PavlinovichDecember 31, 2016
Extremely photogenic location and unlike some other city churches they don't mind you coming in for photos. They had a great artistic display during White Night Melbourne festival.
Shona McCarthyOctober 1, 2016
I like it here. The people are kind and the teaching is Biblically sound. It can be tempting to be very critical of a Church, especially in the times we live in, but it is more important to remember that the congregants and leadership are all humans. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believed in him could be forgiven and given a place in God's family.
Poke' monDecember 12, 2016
I was born and raised a catholic but over the last few years I have been questioning religion and God. Al though not being super religious I at times wander around old parish buildings and churches across Melbourne in pure awe of the architecture and the workmanship of some of these buildings. During one such trip I stumbled upon this church and let me tell you the experience wasn't very good - reason being the guy at the front desk was having a small talk with me about the day, life experiences etc. in return I asked him if they conduct any regular mass especially around Christmas time. For some odd reason the word "mass" triggered him and he became very angry at me and you could tell by the way his body language and his tone changed towards me. He immediately retorted and said it's not a "mass" we call it service (you better get that right). Being an ex-catholic I thought the word is not a huge deal and he shouldn't have reacted so angrily? I know I might have been ignorant in my choice of words but isn't it in your Bible telling people to have patience and not lose your cool over trivial issues? And yet you wonder why Christian population is dwindling across first world countries; perhaps you may need to rethink the way you treat people at your church for a start?
Richard LSeptember 7, 2017
Iconic, grand yet contemporary
Rivoniaboy georgeDecember 12, 2013
Today I attended the worst sermon that I have ever heard in 65 years. The Minister David Currie instead of preaching the Gospel, proceeded to give the congregation a lesson in race relations.The drivel that then followed would not have converted a single non believer who happened to attend the service. In fact a visitor would have come away with the feeling of hearing some party political broadcast. Of course then we had to sit through some claptrap about Mandela, by a man who's grasp of South African history is tenuous to say the least. A communist terrorist had suddenly been elevated to the status of a saint. Great preachers like Martin Lloyd Jones never preached politics in any of his great sermons. The result was a Church filled to capacity - not a Church with a mere scattering of believers. David Currie is a confused preacher who has forgotten how to preach the gospel.
Plan your trip to Melbourne
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Visit for: 2h
Visit for: 3h 30min
Melbourne Adventure Hub
Visit for: 4h
National Gallery of Victoria
Visit for: 3h
Shrine of Remembrance
Visit for: 1h 30min
Visit for: 30min
Kid Friendly Attractions©©©
Visit for: 2h 30min
Eureka Skydeck 88
Visit for: 30min
Warrandyte State Park
Visit for: 3h
The Great Ocean Road
Visit for: 8h
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Visit for: 3h
Visit for: 2h 30min
Visit for: 1h
Visit for: 3h
Readings Book Shop
Visit for: 1h
Where to stay in Melbourne
The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
Plans in Melbourne by other users
15 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Australia & New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Australia & New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, teens, popular PREFERENCES: November, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Melbourne BY A USER FROM INDIA January, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Australia BY A USER FROM PAKISTAN October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Australia BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
Are you the owner of this business?Click here for promotion tips.