01-01-1872: Welsh Church, Latrobe street, Melbourne, Victoria.

The Argus, Melbourne, Monday 1st January 1872, page 5.

A new Welsh Presbyterian or Calvanistic Methodist Church was opened for Divine worship on Saturday, in Latrobe-street. The congregation first met in a common school in Collins street in 1853, but in a year or two became sufficiently numerous to remove to a larger building in Latrobe-street. This, in time, failed to afford sufficient accommodation, and the present structure has been erected in its place. It was designed by Messrs. Crouch and Wilson, and was erected by Mr. Ireland, the total cost being about £1,800. Its style is what is known as the early decorated. It is built of brick, on stone foundations, and measures over all 65ft. 6in. by 42ft. It is intended to stucco the whole exterior of the church, but at present only the front elevation has been so treated. This facade stands upon a fine axed bluestone base, and is 50ft. high to the top of the finial on the gable. The principal entrance is in the centre, and above it is a large triple-light window, with geometrical tracery filled with stained glass, from the manufactory of Messrs. Ferguson, Urie and Lyon.

The Gothic Revival Church in Latrobe street was opened on 30th December 1871.

The text in the ribbon in the centre of the triple light window facing Latrobe street is written in Welsh which translates as follows:

Welsh: –  “ANNWYL CARWN EIN GILYDD OBLEGID CARIAD O DDUW Y MAE”
English: –  “BELOVED LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER FOR LOVE IS OF GOD”

The text comes from the King James Bible, 1 John 4.7 – “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God”

Photos taken 16th July 2011.

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