Imbil Methodist Church, Elizabeth Street, Imbil, 1955. [Photographer: Robert Stehbens]

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Ian Stehbens on February 6, 2009


The first church to be built in the timber town of Imbil, it has been very influential in the spiritual and social life of the community. The building was constructed of the very finest timber, and lined with A-grade hoop pine tongue-and-groove.

It was built in 1918 as a Congregational Church, but in 1935 the congregation chose to become a Methodist Church primarily because of the availability of Methodist Home Missionaries who could provide a preacher/pastor. The Sunday School hall at the rear was built in 1940 and it was donated by Mr John Wesley Lutton, the local sawmiller.

Worship services were conducted in the Imbil Public Hall prior to this church being built, and they have been held continuously ever since. Methodist ministry was influential in Imbil especially in the 1935-1965 period and in recent years, the Uniting Church has continued faithful witness and service.

After the union of the Presbyterian Church and the Methodist Church in 1977, the Imbil Presbyterian Church was relocated beside this building and regular worship moved into the former Presbyterian Church. A new hall was built and then this former Methodist Church was sold to a private buyer by the Uniting Church. Currently there are plans for this building to be used as an art gallery by the Mary Valley Show Society.

© mARTin on February 7, 2009

Your series of old pictures is very interesting. It shows the life and buildings in the past. Thank you for sharing.

Greetings, Martin

Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2009

Thanks for your appreciative comments and visit, Martin. A couple of the older pictures were taken in Germany, and the others in my home village. As one of my ancestral families came from Schleswig-Holstein in 1865, the photos are related therefore.

Best wishes,


KelvinRose on March 4, 2009

A Favourite. YS

Ian Stehbens on March 4, 2009

I am glad you appreciate this photo, Mum. After all you published it in your "Imbil 1955" book, remember.

I have forgotten the details of the planting of the hoop pine trees around the church. I recall being told that they were planted as memorial to the men of the town who had served, I presume during World War I. And I can remember the trees down the side being cut down, c1960. At least the rear row are still standing aren't they?


Liviu Chirilă on March 7, 2009

Excellent photo and very interesting history.

Ian Stehbens on March 7, 2009

Thanks Liviu. And welcome back, my friend. It is also good to be able to share my roots and my history with you by taking you back to my home village.


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