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The plaque commemorates the establishment of the first Methodist Church in Australia in 1817. The church was restored to commemorate this event. 

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-1967


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1967
Front Inscription

This Church Was Restored
To Commemorate The Establishment Here
Of The First Methodist Church
   In Australia
By John Lees In 1817.
Erected By Macquarie Regional
Council of Historical Societies


Source: MA
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