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The Finley Presbyterian Church

25/02/2017

The earliest services, in Finley, of the Presbyterian denomination were held at Tuppal Station where services were conducted by the Deniliquin Minister. In 1880 a Rev was stationed at Jerilderie who would come down to Finley and service both Anglicans and Presbyterians and in turn the visiting Anglican Minister would provide services for the Presbyterians.

The Berrigan Advocate of 9 June 1893 notes that “It is proposed to disconnect the Berrigan and West Berrigan from the Jerilderie Charge and inaugurate a fresh one” West Berrigan being a small timbered church situated on Atkinson’s “Church” paddock later known as the Thomas Fulton Memorial Church.

In 1894 All protestant denominations moved services to the original Finley School of the Arts but when it burned down the services returned to the Fulton Church.
With the advent of the Tuppal Closer Settlement scheme in 1910 introducing some 117 families to the district, and then a further settlement through the South Coree subdivision, the Presbyterians moved to the new School of Arts building.

The foundation stone of Scots Church Finley was laid on 29 October 1919, with the Church constructed and opened by mid 1920.

After WWII a hall was purchased from the Tocumwal Airfields which was utilised for the next twenty years, though as it was of inferior construction it was demolished.

Information sourced from "Looking Back on Finley" by Norman McAllister.

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