The Johnston Memorial Congregational Church

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The Johnston Memorial Congregational Church


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This article describes the colourful redecoration of the interior of the Johnston Memorial Church in Fremantle in 1897. The predominant colours are listed as green, salmon, citron, terracotta, Persian red and cream. Among the features described in more detail are a frieze under the ceiling line ‘with a foliated design introducing quartrefoils and Maltese crosses’, a deep red dado with a medieval acanthus scroll painted in cream, and gold dog roses against a cardinal red background interspersed at regular intervals. The terracotta and cream design painted onto the green balcony is described as ‘Gothic’, and behind the rostrum ‘is a Gothic canopy in deeper tones of colour, with a gold diapered pattern in deep blue, forming a background to the preacher’. The decorations were designed and carried out by J. Ross Anderson, who was also noted for his decoration of the Wesley Church in Perth.

The Johnston Memorial Church was completed in 1877 and was originally named the Congregational Church. It was later renamed in honour of long-serving congregational minister, Joseph Johnston (1814-1892).




National Library of Australia


The Western Mail


20 August 1897, p. 47.


The Western Mail


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