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Old church on the move

Yamba's former Presbyterian Church has found a new home alongside the Yamba Museum. Renovation of the church will now begin anbd be finished by September. Yamba Museum president Marea Buist accepted the delivery of the church yesterday morning.
Yamba's former Presbyterian Church has found a new home alongside the Yamba Museum. Renovation of the church will now begin anbd be finished by September. Yamba Museum president Marea Buist accepted the delivery of the church yesterday morning. Debrah Novak

SOME churches claim to move with the times but the owners of the old Presbyterian Church at Yamba have taken the advice literally.

More than 88 years after it was first built in Wooli Street, Yamba, at 6am yesterday the town's first Presbyterian Church was moved next to the Yamba Museum.

The church was completed in 1921, in response to a growing Presbyterian population, after the land was donated by the late Maclean resident John Cameron.

The first service was held on Good Friday, March 25, 1921.

Eventually, the congregation outgrew the weatherboard, gothic-style church.

Dougherty Brothers bought the heritage-listed building in 1999 and donated it to the Yamba Museum, offering $40,000 to restore and move the building.

Yamba Museum president Marea Buist said when the Federal Government chipped in $140,000 for Clarence Valley Council to use, the project gained momentum.

She said the building would now be used for museum exhibitions and cultural events and would be available for community use.

“We wanted to retain a little bit of local heritage,” she said.

Mrs Buist hoped to have the space open and ready for use by the end of the year.



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