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A plaque commemorates the  Reverend John Donnes who established the church in 1875.

The Rev. John Donnes Memorial Tablet will be unveiled next Sunday morning at 11 a.m. by Rev. E. Keith Ditterich. Rev. John Donnes was the first Home Missionary employed in Victoria by the Wesleyan Home Missionary Society. He came to Benalla in April, 1875, and, receiving some encouragement from local Methodists, quickly built up a Circuit of preaching places, including Euroa and Devenish. Within a year the Circuit had 83 members, and had become quite independent of the Home Missions Society. Through his energetic labours, many churches were built, and the present Parsonage was commenced. Mr. Donnes also engaged in Home Mission work elsewhere, entered the full ministry of the Church in 1883, but died in 1884 at Yackandandah at the early age of forty years. Without doubt his early passing was due to the excessive energy, he had expended in the service of Christ and the Church. The tablet will be placed close to the pulpit-a fitting place for one whose life and preaching had been inspired by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Benalla Ensign (Vic), 19 April 1951​.


Address:Carrier & Church Streets, Benalla Uniting Church, Benalla, 3672
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.549471
Long: 145.984984
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1853


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 22nd April, 1951
Front Inscription

To the Glory of God
and in Memory of
The Reverend JOHN DONNES
Who established this Church in 1875.

"They shall rest from their labours
and their works do follow them."  


Source: MA
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