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The plaque commemorates the 200th anniversary of the first official Wesley Chapel in Australia. 

Rum Corps soldier turned pastoralist, John Lees, donated the land on which the first Wesleyan Church in Australia was built in 1817. He is buried in the Cemetery which dates from 1836. The adjoining weatherboard Hall (1864) housed the Wesleyan school which was established by 1840 and operated until the Upper Castlereagh school opened opposite in 1887.



Address:297-305 Old Castlereagh Road, Uniting Church, Castlereagh, 2749
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.720267
Long: 150.666903
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:07-October-1817
Actual Event End Date:07-October-2017


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 8th October, 2017
Front Inscription

To the glory of God

This plaque commemorates the 200th anniversary of the first official Wesleyan Chapel in Australia on the 7th October 1817. 

Unveiled by representative of the Lees Family in the presence of Mr Stuart McMillan the President of the Uniting Church in Australia.

8th October 2017. 


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au