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Bells toll on church's history
THE Gawler Baptist Church is set to
leave behind 144 years of history when it
relocates from its current building at the
southern end of Murray Street.
Gawler Baptist Church pastor Jeff Noble
said it was not a question of if but when
the church would relocate from its current
building, due to increasing maintenance
"We will probably need to find temporary
accommodation in the short term and then
work on where we are going to relocate," he
"We want to honour the heritage of the past
and make sure what we do next will last on
into the future.
"When you have been on a site for 140
years you don't do those sorts of things quick-
ly."The Gawler Baptist Church was founded
in 1866, with its current building constructed
four years later in 1870.
The building has been added onto over the
years, with Sunday school rooms, a kitchen
and a hall part of the extensions.
Currently, the church still has a healthy con-
gregation of around 100 members, although
Pastor Noble said it was much bigger in years
"There was a fair-size congregation over the
years, probably around 150 to 200 in the early
years," he said.
"They had a lot of kids in their Sunday
school, around the 200-mark, the 230-mark,
something like that."
The church would also hold several large
events back in the late 1800s, including a
flower show and a literary society.
There has been other changes as well.
"What is now the front of the church used
to be the entrance, the church was actually
the other way round to what it is now," Pastor
"We have also had to have the original ceil-
ing repaired and the kitchen was re-done in
the early 2000s."
Gawler Baptist Church pastor Jeff
Noble confirmed the church was cur-
rently under an 'option to purchase'
"The developer has an option until
a date next year to say 'yes' or 'no' to
purchasing it," he said.
"If he says 'yes', it's sold; if he says
'no', then we start again."
When asked how he would feel
about the church potentially being
turned into a bottle shop, Pastor No-
ble was philosophical.
"In the end, it's only a building,"
"The church isn't about a building,
it's about the people."
Council chief executive Henry Inat
said he was unsure when Dan Mur-
phy's could open as the application
had not yet received approval.
"The matter is still being assessed
for planning consent and will be re-
ported to the council's Development
Assessment Panel for a decision in
one of the coming months," he said.
"If the proposal was to receive plan-
ning consent by the panel and was
to then receive full development ap-
proval, the opening date would then
be dependent on the construction
Pastor Noble said the church was
looking to relocate because of rising
"Being an older building, like it is,
there are always maintenance costs,"
"In the last 18 months we have
spent in excess of $50,000."
He would not reveal how much the
church, which is located on one acre
of land, was being sold for.
Pastor Noble said the church would
"use the money we get from the sale
"We will probably need to find
temporary accommodation in the
short term and then work on where
we are going to relocate," he said.
If approved, the Gawler Dan Mur-
phy's store is set to stock 3500 prod-
ucts, including thousands of wines
and hundreds of spirits and beers.
The franchise has been popular
with consumers around the state be-
cause it buys in bulk and sells prod-
ucts at lower prices.
It will also provide competition to
the BWS, Thirsty Camel, Sip'n Save
and Liquorland franchises already op-
erating in Gawler.
Dan Murphy's did not respond to
The Bunyip's requests for comment.
Meanwhile, The Bunyip under-
stands a liquor store application to
convert the former Murray Street
Westpac Bank into a bottleshop is no
The plans had been approved by
Gawler Council for the bottleshop,
which was set to complement the ad-
jacent and freshly renovated Golden
The former Westpac site is owned
by Spotongawler 3 Pty Ltd, which is
directed by Matthew and Nicholas
Binns and Oliver Porter.
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Turning water into wine
We will probably
need to ﬁnd temporary
accommodation in the short term
and then work on where we are
going to relocate.
Gawler Baptist Church pastor Je Noble says the church is looking to relocate from its current building.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
The Gawler Baptist Church when it was rst built, circa 1869-1870.
Another historical picture of the church, date unknown.
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