Newland church 90th anniversary on May 21

A LONG HISTORY: The visually striking building was opened in 1927 and is still a significant feature of Victoria Street. Join the congregation in celebrating the church's 90th anniversary on Sunday May 21.
A LONG HISTORY: The visually striking building was opened in 1927 and is still a significant feature of Victoria Street. Join the congregation in celebrating the church's 90th anniversary on Sunday May 21.

Newland Memorial church is celebrating its 90th anniversary on Sunday May 21.

They will be holding a special service at 9:30am with guest preacher Reverend Sue Ellis, followed by a special morning tea.

Those who love a good sing are also invited to join in a HymnFest in the afternoon.

The current church opened in 1927.

It is the third church the congregation has occupied since they began under the leadership of the Reverend Ridgway Newland at the Tabernacle church in 1839.

Victor Harbor’s popularity for summer holidays in the 1920s meant a bigger church was required to accommodate the increasing number of people who wanted to attend the evening services.

This church cost £10,000 and its striking street appearance is still a significant feature of the streetscape of Victoria Street.

The Newland family were generous benefactors to the project, with Dr HS Newland (Later Sir Henry) donating £1,200 and Simpson Newland contributing £500.

Dr Newland laid the foundation stone on April 16, 1927 and the opening of the building occurred on October 22, 1927.

The congregation has continued to serve the Victor Harbor community, enjoying the marvellous acoustic of the building ever since.

Those who have shared special occasions or enjoyed a concert in the church are especially invited to join the celebrations.

  • When: Sunday May 21, 9:30am (HymnFest 2:30pm)
  • Where: Newland Memorial Church, Victoria St