Mission in the Musgraves Cover

“Mission in the Musgraves: Ernabella Mission, 1937-73, A Place of Relationships” by Rev Dr Bill Edwards. 2012. $10

Biggsbook cover

“An Ecumenical Adventure: a history of the Adelaide College of Divinity, 1979-2009” by Rev Dr Charles Biggs. 2011. $25

Pioneering Para Plains

“Pioneering Para Plains: Early stories & Primitive Methodism at Burton & Bolivar” by Rev E.A. Curnow.  2007. $40

Rev Ted Curnow’s book on the settlement on Para Plains, S.A, has sold out two printings. A remarkable achievement in this ‘electronic’ age! A third printing has now been produced and is available only at the Uniting Church History Centre, Black Forest, South Australia.

Fascinating stories capture local history spanning 100 years with details of the early days of Burton/Bolivar area west of Salisbury.

The heart of the small community revolved around the local Chapel, the arrival of a ‘fiery’ Methodist missionary, also the roadside hotel that served the Burra teamsters, farmers and hay carters.

The detailed history of the Chapel, its expansion north and its one-teacher school are central to a unique story preserved for your enjoyment in this well researched and presented book by Ted Curnow. The foreword is by well-known local author, Max Fatchen.

In addition, a separate Index is now available at a cost of $5.    If required, this should be ordered, as indicated below, at the same time as ordering the book.


“Great Hymns of Faith” sung by the Adelaide Harmony Choir, under the direction of John Hall, with Mark Symons at the organ of Wesley Uniting Church, Kent Town (the recording was made in September 2001).​

This CD consists of 22 well-known hymns and is available from the Uniting Church History Centre for $10 (inc. GST). Plus $5 for postage and packaging.

The ADELAIDE HARMONY CHOIR (originally founded under the auspices of the YWCA) was formed in 1946 with Lewis Dawe as its first conductor – its aim was “to be of service among the churches on pleasant Sunday afternoons”. Over the years their performances of Handel’s “Messiah”, Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” and “Mass in B Minor”, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and Haydn’s “Creation” have been received by Adelaide audiences with great appreciation; their carol services at Christmas time have brought joy to many thousands. As well as its many concerts, the choir has assisted church organisations in their fund-raising efforts.

Past Historical Society Lectures


Allan & Dorothy GeorgeOur missionary adventure of the sixties. (published in Society Newsletter No. 100)

Geoffrey Bishop, The Australian Patrol – W R Knox, musician, composer and teacher. (printed in Society Newsletter No. 100)


Bill Linggood, Plantation Manager Ulu Plantation, New Guinea Island Region. (published in Society Newsletter No.98)

Walter Phillips, Francis William Cox 1817-1904: Independent Champion of Religious Freedom and Equality $3.00


Frank Measday, Chaplaincy in Woomera 1968-1974 $4.00


Ian Breward, A Notable Methodist: Dr A.H.Wood (1896-1989) $3.00

Arnold Hunt, Early Methodism in the Adelaide Hills  (2nd ed. first published in 1981) $3.00

Keith Smith, A 20 year labour of love: Free Presbyterian Church Property settlement, 1986-2006 $3.00


These unique products are only available from the Uniting Church History Centre, 44a East Avenue, Black Forest SA 5035. (Orders can be emailed to ) Please do not send money with your orders.

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