Bluestone Church

Our gorgeous Bluestone Church can comfortably accommodate 50-60 guests to sit down for your wedding, your conference, your birthday party. Or about 120 people for a stand-up function of your imagination

Lovingly restored to highlight the Bluestone Church’s original features with green diamond leadlight windows that shine in the afternoon sun, glowing against the timber ceiling beams and original baltic pine floor

Sunday School

Once the Dean church (c1879) the building was relocated 2km down the road in 1961 to become the Scrub Hill Sunday School

Inside you can feel the country history, with the original timber tongue and groove paneled walls, narrow high arched windows and gabled ceilings – perfect as your dance floor, your relaxed lunch, your casual gathering

Himalayan Tree Lawn

The dappled light is so beautiful, where your picnic, your wedding, or a marquee to sit even more friends, is the perfect spot to watch the sunset as the celebration continues

As old as the Bluestone Church, the grand Himalayan Cedar tree shades the lawn encircled by the Bluestone Church and Sunday School

The ‘ divine waters of Scrub Hill ’ spring from the deep rock bore ensuring Scrub Hill 1869 is a year round green oasis

Recent History

‘There was no frippery, no waste, no icing to these buildings …”   

Bullarook, an area so densely forested with gigantic trees, they shut out the light.  Splitters camps worked to clear the forest to enable cultivation.  The roads were mud in winter and dust in summer, the workers only respite being the illicit Bullarook brandy.

Pioneers began to settle in the 1860’s and the temperance movement gained momentum as an antidote to alcoholism.   Within a year sufficient money was raised to begin the project of building the Scrub Hill community a church.   A Crown Land Stone Reserve was the chosen site, but it would be 100 years before the title was granted to the Church.

Henry R Caselli was engaged as architect, without any recorded discussion and contractor Taylor and Ellis won the tender with the lowest quote of £730.  To save cost the vestry and vestibule were to be added later.  On 18 April 1869 the Rev Robert Kennedy held the first service.

Over the years parishioners introduced such luxuries as adding the vestibule and lining the ceiling (1878), removing the wooden shutters to allow light in (1925) and installing electricity (1949).

The legendary tea meetings were an important part of the district’s social calendar until 1939 and were instrumental in raising funds.  The tea was a sit-down meal at tables, presided over by the ladies who dispensed tea from their silver tea services.  Cakes such as the ‘Dolly Varden’ were made from butter, cream and eggs grown on their farms.

Mid 1956 and the Scrub Hill Ladies Friendship Group was formed.   We were honoured to host their 60th anniversary as our first event in June 2016.

In 1960 the St Paul’s Church of England at Dean was sold to Scrub Hill for £100.  After being moved 2km down the road it became the long-awaited Scrub Hill Sunday School.

Great speculation exists as to how Scrub Hill received its name – it’s diminutive size or once covered with scrub?   What we do know is that picnics at Scrub Hill included a scramble up and roll down the hill in your Sunday best.

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We wish to acknowledge Katrine Anderson Kelly for her written work of the history of Scrub Hill – ‘Scrub Hill Church – A Pastoral History – 1869-1994’.

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