Can you help? – building information

UPDATE (23 September): The building has been identified. Thanks to those who helped us identify it.

It is the old Marble View church on Eyre Peninsula – it was just south of Cummins. In its life it was a Methodist church, a Lutheran church and a school. It closed in about 1960

We don’t have much more information about it. If you do have something that we could add to this photo, we would love to hear from you.

Can you help?

This gentleman is unknown. Does anyone recognise him?

If you can, we would love to hear from you at the History Centre.

He is one of a number of very old (and hand coloured) photos that we have of unidentified people (others will be added as I scan them).
There is no indication on the photo of who it is or when or where it was taken. It is printed on quite thick card and it looks like it might have once been in an oval frame.

Looking back – 100 years ago… Curramulka

From the Australian Christian Commonwealth – 12 April 1918…

Celebrating the anniversary of the new church building at Curramulka (Yorke Peninsula). The brief news snippet suggests this was the 6th anniversary of the new building.

Looking back a little further, would suggest that the first services (and the first building) for the Curramulka Methodist Church (now Curramulka Uniting Church) had been part of the community since 1878.

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Looking Back… 100 years ago – Gawler

From The Australian Christian Commonwealth – 5 April 1918…

A special news article honouring the retiring choir leader at Tod Street Methodist Church (now Gawler Uniting Church).

Mr Phillip Cheek had been the conductor of the church choir for 55 years (and a member of the choir for 5 years before that as well). He was honoured and thanked for his long service to music in the church.
The article also speaks of other very long term members of the choir and those involved in music at the church, as well as the legacy they leave.

The full article can be read at

Looking back… 70 years ago – Prospect North Methodist Church

From ‘The South Australian Methodist’, 19 March 1948, comes the report of a triple memorial window that will be unveiled at the Prospect North Methodist Church (now Prospect Road Uniting Church).
The report says “The window is the gift of the relatives of the six young men of the church who paid the supreme sacrifice in World War II.”

The second photo is of the memorial window – taken 70 years after it was installed. The “young men of the church” named on the window are George Clifford Beavis, William Gordon Craig, Allan Ross LLoyd Hawke, Clifford Cavanagh Tothill, Keith Benjamin Walter, John Norman Williams

Looking back… 100 years ago

From The Australian Christian Commonwealth—22 February 1918.

The South Australian Methodist Conference was apparently drawing near. Other articles in this edition of the paper suggest preparations for the conference were well underway. This advertisement on the front page wants to make sure all representatives (ministry and lay) are dressed appropriately for the event.

It is interesting to note that only men attended these events. Also note the four digit phone number!

The full front page of this edition of the paper can be found at

The History Centre collections includes a number of photos of groups of attendees at the Methodist Conferences, and all in these photos were impeccably dressed.


Looking back… 80 years ago – Payneham Road Church

From ‘The Australian Christian Commonwealth‘ – 17 December 1937…

80 years ago a new window was installed in the Payneham Road Church (now Payneham Road Uniting Church), recognising the role of women in the church.

The full article can be read at

Looking back… 100 years ago – keeping cool in a SA summer

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From ‘The Australian Christian Commonwealth’ – 7 December 1917…

One hundred years ago last week, the paper published advice on how to keep cool in hot weather. The article provided some interesting advice on how to keep cool – including bathing as often as possible (at least twice a day), and wearing “just as little as the law allows” (which made me think that the law has probably changed, or at least society’s ideas of what might be considered ‘decent’ or not 🙂 )

You can read the full article at
With very hot weather in Adelaide today (13/12 – predicted 38degC) I thought this was more appropriate to share than last week when the temperature here was only in the mid 20s