Chalmers Presbyterian Church, Launceston, Tasmania


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Chalmers Presbyterian Church, Launceston, Tasmania


arched windows, bell tower, Thomas Chalmers, Chalmers Free Church, Church of Scotland, William Henry Clayton, Florid Gothic, Free Kirkers, Gothic, Gothic Revival, Launceston, Presbyterian, Tas, Tasmania


One of two photographs of the former Chalmers Presbyterian Church in Launceston. The church was built in Gothic Revival style in 1859 (the first service was in January 1860) and was designed by architect William Henry Clayton (1823-1877). It was named after Thomas Chalmers, the founder of the Free Church movement in Scotland following the 1843 Great Disruption of the Church of Scotland. His followers were known as Free Kirkers. The church became a Presbyterian church in 1896 and was deconsecrated in 1981 and it can now be hired as a hall. This photograph shows the flamboyant Gothic Revival style, sometimes referred to as Florid Gothic, of the front of Chalmers church, with a ornate bell tower and numerous arched windows.

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Dorey, Margaret


2 December 2011


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