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A memorial headstone erected by public subscription commemorates the Reverend Thomas Quinton Stow, who was the  first Congregational minister in Adelaide.

In 1837 Reverend Stow arrived in Adelaide and began services in a tent on the Torrens where the railway station now stands. Later on a substantial building was erected in Freeman Street near Gawler Place. 

Stow was responsible for forming many new churches and for recruiting and training several ministers. He was the first chairman of the Congregational Union of South Australia in 1850, and he did much to foster friendly relations between all denominations. He was appointed to the first board of education in 1846 and served on many other public committees, always ready to promote moral, social and intellectual progress. 

When he died in 1862 he was mourned by the whole city. 


Address:161 West Terrace , West Terrace Cemetery, Road 3. Path Number: 16, West. Site Number: 34, Adelaide, 5000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.933666
Long: 138.587534
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription
By Public Subscription Of
His Fellow Colonists
In Testimony Of Their Esteem
    For His Character
And Appreciation Of His Service
         As A Citizen
And Minister Of The Gospel
Back Inscription

Sacred to the Memory of 
Thomas Quinton Stow
Pastor of the First Congregational Church
in South Australia.
Born July 7 1801, at Hadleigh, Suffolk, England
Landed in the colony October 16th 1837.
Commenced his Ministry here
November the 7th of the same year
and continued until incapacitated by
his last illness.
Died at Ginahgulla, near Sydney
19th July 1862
and was buried here on the 7th of August
of the same year.


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