Anniversary celebrations at Wesley


Uniting Church in the City (UCIC), Wesley Perth is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the historic building opened in 1870 on the corner of William and Hay Streets, Perth, this April.

The celebrations will also mark the 190th anniversary since the congregation had its beginnings in the Swan River Colony in 1830 with a party of Methodist settlers from Hull, England arriving and  taking up residence. The Hardey family established themselves on the Maylands peninsula, building Tranby House and farm. They conducted the first Methodist service under a Jarrah Tree in Hay Street, Perth on Sunday 6 June 1830.

A day of celebration will begin with 10.00am morning worship on Sunday 19 April, with Dr Diedre Palmer, President of the Uniting Church in Australia as a special guest.

Rev Steve Francis, Moderator of the Uniting Church WA will be guest preacher. This will be followed by a lunch for the congregation with ticket entry required.

A Grand Celebration Service will be held in Wesley Church on Sunday 19 April, 3.00pm, with Dr Deidre Palmer, as guest preacher and Rev Steve Francis, bringing the greetings of the Synod. Special music from the historic organ and Music Director, Angela Currie, an augmented Wesley Choir and instrumental addition of a Brass Quintet will be a feature. Afternoon tea in the church will complete the day of celebration.

So many people have had links with Uniting Church in the City, Wesley Perth over the years and all are invited to attend this Grand Celebration Service, on the theme ‘With faith, hope and vision’. In addition to our day of celebration, Diedre will host a ‘President’s Round Table Lunch’ at Wesley College, South Perth, a Uniting Church WA school, on Saturday 18 April. Tickets are available from  the Uniting Church Centre, call 9260 9800 for more information.

For more information about the UCIC celebrations, contact Rev Geoff Blyth on 9246 7783 or email

Rev Geoff Blyth

2 thoughts on “Anniversary celebrations at Wesley

  1. My Great Great Great Grandfather was George Lazenby. George was one of the first lay preachers and has a plaque in the church for being the first Sunday School teacher.
    The Hon Peter Durack is a great grandson of George and MaryAnne. Peter was the Australian Attorney General in the Fraser Govt. I was a Minister in the WA Govt and member of the South West for 16 years.
    I have an original photo of George taken in about 1860 or later. His family is steeped in WA history.
    George was an architect and was Perths first CEO equivalent being responsible for overseeing all public works including the Town Hall and Govt House.
    He is in my book Albert Edmund Cockram King of the Racecourse 1870-1943.
    Hon Robyn Mcsweeney

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