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The Roseby Memorial Church was built in 1871 and is named in honour of Dr Roseby MA, LLD FRAS, a notable Congregational preacher and scientist who was minister for 23 years from 1888.

Roseby was ordained on 3 October 1867 in Petersham Congregational Church, and inducted as its first minister. On 11 April 1871 he married Sarah Hooworth. In 1872 he became minister of the Moray Place Congregational Church in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he exercised an influential ministry. He helped the temperance movement in New Zealand and was grand worthy chief templar in 1879-80.

Keenly interested in education, Roseby was a member of the Senate of the University of New Zealand in 1878-85. In 1884 he helped form the Congregational Union of New Zealand and was chairman-elect when he accepted a call to the Dawson Street Church in Ballarat, Victoria. It prospered under his care from 6 December 1885 but he and his wife found the climate disagreeable and in October 1888 he returned to Sydney to the Marrickville church from which he retired in 1911. Recognized as a leading churchman, he remained active in religious affairs until well into his retirement.



Address:388 - 390 Illawarra Road, Marrickville Uniting Church, Marrickville, 2204
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.915733
Long: 151.150348
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Source: ADB, MA
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