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Methodist Church, Mildura, Victoria, Australia

August 10, 2014

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The Akron-Auditorium plan was predominantly a Methodist phenomenon. One might expect, then, that it would have flowered wherever Methodists raised their tents and their tenets. So, I have searched the worldwide Methodist community—in places as far flung as Great Britain, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand—hoping to find examples of their churches that evidence any sympathy with A-A churches here in the U.S. and Canada. They simply aren’t to be found—yet. the next logical step is to look, not where there are other Methodists, but rather where American missionaries have gone—places like Chicago and Japan, for example.

Interesting, even exotic buildings do show up, such as this one in the southern Australian state of Victoria; only Tasmania is farther south. Mildura is a rural community about as far from the coastline as it’s possible to be in that state (yes, Australia has states, rather than provinces). Their Uniting Church, the merging of Methodists and Presbyterians, constitutes about five percent of the population, a number dwindling for several reasons, including immigration. But I have written to both church officials and historians of art and architecture and been informed they had no idea what I was talking about.

Mildura’s Methodist church showed up in my daily search at you-know-where. A little sleuthing produced this better representation from the state museum’s website. Thought you might find it interesting. By the way, the church is still standing and identified as Saint Andrew’s Uniting church. The aerial view suggests an octagon—really a square with clipped corners—and a significant more recent addition.

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