100 years of history at Osborne Park

September is a big month for us at Osborne Park Uniting Church this year. One hundred years ago, on 5 September 1915, our little church opened its doors for worship for the first time. To  commemorate the occasion, the church is planning a number of events over the week beginning with an open day on the actual anniversary date, where there will be an opportunity for the  community to see some of the old photos and books from the early years, provided by church members and the City of Stirling.

Although all the plans are not finalised, we hope to have some events over the week from Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 September, when we will hold a Special Anniversary Service at our normal  time of 9.30am.

The decision to build the church was made with the help and encouragement of the local Member of Parliament, Mr John Veryard MLA. Those present at the meeting represent many families  whose association with the church continued through its history and to this day. The building, it was decided, would be erected on the ground given by the Osborne Park Company. We have a picture of the sales brochure, which is similar in style to the Grenville Church. Originally, an unlined weatherboard building on wooden stumps, with a corrugated iron roof made up of six foot sheets, as was the standard in those times, it had a small wooden spire at the  front pointing to heaven.

We very much hope that anyone who has had an association with the church will come and help us celebrate this special time. We also invite anyone who has  memories, photos or anecdotes that they wish to share with us, to do so by sending them to the secretary for inclusion in a memories folder, and/or inclusion on the montage boards. Contact Don Jodrell by post at 41 Collins Street, Yokine WA 6060, by telephone on 0418 903 393 or by email on don.jodrell@bigpond.com.

Don Jodrell

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