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Methodist Church and Hall (fmr)


Shire of Katanning

Place Number

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23 Taylor St Katanning

Location Details

Lot 81

Other Name(s)

Autumn Club
Wesleyan Church, Senior Citizens Centre

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1905

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
RHP - Assessed-Below Threshold Current 26 Aug 2005

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 1

Category 1

• Possible state or national significance. • Highest level of protection appropriate.

Municipal Inventory Adopted 25 Jan 1996 Category 1

Category 1

• Possible state or national significance. • Highest level of protection appropriate.

Statement of Significance

The former Methodist Church has some social and historical significance, as it is an early example of religion in the community and a reminder of the many Methodists who settled in Katanning. The architectural integrity of the building has been hindered somewhat by the blocking off of the original entry, the additions to the rear and the removal of nearly all the original internal fittings and fixtures. The building was re-opened in 2001.

Physical Description

The building is in Gothic style with a gabled rood, pier buttresses and lancet arched windows. The exterior walls are tuck-pointed, red brick, cement rendered on the lower half and the roof is of corrugated iron.
There are two additions to the rear, dating from 1919 and cl930. The interior fixtures such as the pews, altar and pulpit, were removed when the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches amalgamated.


The foundation stone of the church was laid in September 1905 by Wesley Maley MLC. It was opened and dedicated on Wednesday 6th December 1905, costing approximately £625 to build. The original interior wood carvings were done by local carpenter, E A Rogers, identified by his carved mouse insignia. The original church building was 41ft in length by 26 lAft wide, and had coloured cathedral glass windows.
Eventually, as was the overall trend, the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches amalgamated to form the Uniting Church and the congregation moved into the Presbyterian Church. The building is now known as the Autumn Club and used as a senior citizens' club.




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
"Newspaper Article". p.3 Great Southern herald; 2/12/05,
National Trust Assessment form
Bignell M; "A Place to Meet: a History of the Shire of Katanning Western Australia". p.213
Bodycoat R; "Katanning Autumn Club and Wesleyan Methodist Church Conservation Plan". Shire of Katanning 2005
Zillah T; "To the Glory of God: A history of the Katanning Methodist and Presbyterian Churches". 1988
"Newspaper Article". Great Southern Herald, 16/12/05

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
7445 Wesleyan Methodist Church, Katanning, western Australia : conservation plan. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2004

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel
Present Use SOCIAL\RECREATIONAL Other Community Hall\Centre
Present Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel
Original Use RELIGIOUS Church Hall

Architectural Styles

Federation Gothic

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall RENDER Other Render

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities

Creation Date

31 Jan 1989

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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