Scots Uniting Church


City of Albany

Place Number



168-174 York St Albany

Location Details

Other Name(s)

Scots Church, Presbyterian Church

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1892

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
State Register Permanent 07 Oct 1997 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument, HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category A+
Classified by the National Trust Recorded 04 Apr 1977
Uniting Church Inventory Completed 01 Oct 1996
Register of the National Estate Indicative Place

Statement of Significance

Scots Uniting Church, a Victorian Academic Gothic style stone church, ahs aesthetic, historic, representative, social and rarity cultural heritage significance for the following reason: Its historic value for its age and association with a key period of development in the town and church history Its considerable aesthetic value for its landmark qualities and contribution to the townscape and Its social value for its contribution to a sense of place and for its role in the spiritual life of the community. A hall (1969) and later toilet block and store at the rear of the church are assessed as having low heritage significance.

Physical Description

The Scots Uniting Church is prominently positioned in York Street and together with the older St Johns Church and Hall opposite they added a quiet atmosphere to the busy street. The church is constructed from finely crafted local granite and has a corrugated iron roof. The strong gabled form and restrained detailing of the west front provides a balanced composition. The hall, toilet block and store built to the rear of the church are constructed of brick The condition of the building generally sound, although there is some decaying of the brickwork and the joints of the stonework resulting in water damage to interior plaster.


Albany experienced a critical period of progress and development in the 1890s as a result of the completion of the railway link to Perth. The subsequent growth in population and wealth in the town meant many substantial buildings were constructed in this period. An Anglican Presbyterian congregation had commenced in Albany in 1889. Following two years of agitation by this community for the establishment of their own church, plans were drawn by a Melbourne architect, Evander McIver and the foundation stone was laid in 1891. Contractor W. Sangster built the church and the final cost of construction was £1416. The church was opened 30 March 1892. In 1969, a hall, kitchen, vestry and two rooms were added. The name of the church was changed to Scots Uniting Church after the Presbyterian Church amalgamated with others to form the Uniting Church. The building is still used as a place of worship.


Integrity: Very high




Name Type Year From Year To
Evander McIver Architect 1892 -


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999
Heritage Council of Western Australia assessment for entry on interim basis 19997

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
1254 Scots Uniting Church Albany: Conservation Plan Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1996

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel
Present Use RELIGIOUS Church, Cathedral or Chapel

Architectural Styles

Victorian Academic Gothic

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall STONE Other Stone
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron

Historic Themes

General Specific

Creation Date

28 Jun 1988

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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