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A stained glass window commemorates the Reverend Thomas Hastie, Buninyong's first minister. 

The Reverend Thomas Hastie who had graduated at St. Andrew's University in Scotland emigrated to Van Diemen's Land in 1842 with his wife. In 1847 he was encouraged by the Learmonth brothers to visit the Port Phillip District before returning to Scotland and on this visit Hastie realised that his services were greatly needed in the country and decided to stay.

Whilst a church and manse were built, Hastie lived with George Russell, who, along with the Learmonth brothers, paid his stipend.  Hastie's vast ministry included Beaufort, Ballarat, the Lal Lal district, Ballan and down to the outskirts of Geelong. In 1865, Hastie was appointed Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Victoria which was a great honour.


Address:305 Learmonth Street, Buninyong Uniting Church, Buninyong, 3357
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.651502
Long: 143.885608
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

This window has been erected to the Memory of the Late REV THOMAS HASTIE, Founder and First Pastor of this Church, 1847-1888. He labored faithfully and lived consistently beloved and esteemed by all. He entered into his rest April 1898, aged 84

Source: MA
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