Sunday, 22 January 2012


The Scots' Church, a Presbyterian church in Melbourne, Australia, was the first Presbyterian Church to be built in the Port Phillip District (now the state of Victoria). It is located in Collins Street and is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. It has been described as "an icon for well over a hundred years." The foundation stone of the first purpose built church building was laid on 22 January 1841 and it was opened on 3 October 1841. It was designed to seat 500 and the contract sum was £2,485 without plastering, gallery, vestry or fittings. The building was opened with temporary seating. Plastering was carried out the following year, proper pews, gallery and vestry were added in 1849 and a spire some years later. The first church building was demolished partly because of concerns that the tower and spire would collapse after it developed huge cracks and became crooked. During the ministry of Rev Peter Menzies (1868–74) the building was too small for the congregation but in any case a building more suited to the site and the social position of the congregation was considered appropriate.

Construction of the current building took place between 1871 and 1874, during the ministry of Rev Irving Hetherington and his colleague Rev Peter Menzies, and was opened on 29 November 1874 with fixed seating for about 900. It was designed by Joseph Reed of the firm Reed and Barnes, and built by David Mitchell, the father of Dame Nellie Melba. Reed and Barnes also designed the Melbourne Town Hall, the State Library of Victoria, Trades Hall, the Royal Exhibition Building, the Wesley Church in Lonsdale Street, the original Presbyterian Ladies' College in East Melbourne, and Collins Street Independent Church, now St. Michael’s Uniting Church, on the opposite corner of Russell Street. Scots' Church is in the Neo-Gothic style and built of Barrabool freestone, with dressings in Kakanui stone from New Zealand. During the last decades of the nineteenth century the spire of Scots' Church was the tallest structure in Melbourne at about 210 feet from the ground. The interior features the large stained glass window depicting the Last Supper, basalt aisle columns, timber beamed roof and an elevated floor for a good view of the pulpit.

Here is a Bulgarian Orthodox setting of Psalm 50:

The mighty God, even the LORD,
hath spoken, and called the earth
from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God hath shined.
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence:
a fire shall devour before him,
and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
He shall call to the heavens from above,
and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
Gather my saints together unto me;
those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
And the heavens shall declare his righteousness:
for God is judge himself.

Psalm Sunday is hosted by Robert.
This post is also part of the Windows and Doors meme.
And also part of the Saturday Sareenity meme.


  1. An awesome church, interesting history, superb captures! Another wonderful post for the day, Nick! The stained glass window is really beautiful and thank you for the video as well! Hope you've had a great weekend and wishing a good week ahead!


  2. Great post Nick! A beautiful church indeed.

  3. What a beautiful church! The architecture is the same as the Presbyterian church we attended when I grew up, but ours was a much smaller version. Lovely images. So nice.

  4. A magnificent old church ...... Surprising to see the interior is quite light and airy .....I'm sure I must have walked past here many times so on my next visit must make a point of venturing inside.

  5. Weird that even though I'm not religious, I adore the architecture and trappings of old churches! And this one's a beauty!!

  6. Love the blue sky and the beautiful church, Nick.

  7. our old churches (by our standards at least), always make for beautiful photography, like yours

  8. Lovely photos Nick - have you seen St. Michael's (ex Independent Church across the road?)

  9. When working a few months in Melbourne we lived in an apartment over the road from Scotts Church. We thoroughly enjoyed a 'church crawl' where each Sunday we chose one of these wonderful old churches as our place of worship. It is lovely to visit it again with your this week.

  10. what a beautiful church! those shots are really stunning!

    thanks so much for sharing and hope you're having a great weekend!

  11. Such wonderful captures you've got, thanks for sharing these beauties!

    Here's my first Saturday Sareenity entry, hope you can visit.

    PS. I am now your blog's follower.

  12. Beautiful series of pictures of the Scot's Church Nick, like the angle you've taken and thanks so much for the interior shots, it's always great to see the stained glass windows inside.

  13. Lovely images of a lovely church! Some great perspectives.

  14. beautiful! i've always wanted to attend service in such a beautiful, historical church!

  15. What a beautiful church! Lovely photos.

  16. A very beautiful church with a lot of details. Like your angle of the pictures.
    Hope you have a blessed week!

  17. Majestic church and I love the angles u've used for the exterior shots!

    and thank you for dropping by and contributing to Saturday Sareenity.

  18. I love the third photo especially...and the interior ceiling is amazing too. Thanks for the music link...what a marvelous sound!

  19. great shots, i love the stain glass with the organ pipes.

  20. Such a gorgeous building both inside and out. Nicely captured.


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