September Members Meeting

Burnside City Uniting Church, 384 Portrush Rd Tusmore
FLINDERS STREET BAPTISTS, Facilities for a New Community – Ros Gooden

Adelaide had a reputation of being the city of churches, a haven of Dissenters, and Baptists (along with German Lutherans) were in the sights of George Fife Angas in his seeking of suitable settlers to develop the colony. But it was not until 1861, with the arrival of Silas Mead, that the property in the South of Adelaide on Flinders Street was acquired and developed. A membership of 26 members (10 men and 16 women) built a sanctuary to seat 700. They went on to acquire further adjoining land for hall, classrooms, parking, residences, most of which now is heritage listed.

This lecture will look at how this property developed and its meaning for Baptist settlers.