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Still standing: St Luke's Presbyterian Church honorary assistant minister the Rev Dr Allan Davidson and the
congregation are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the church built by the Fletcher brothers. Photo: AMY McGILLIVRAY
By AMY McGILLIVRAY
NOT EVEN the Great Depression
could stop the building of St
Luke's Presbyterian church -- in
fact its construction kept people in
Now 80 years on the building at
130 Remuera Rd is still being put
to good use by the church.
The decision was made to
replace the old wooden church
building in 1928 but the
Depression struck before building
began in November 1931.
Honorary assistant minister the
Reverend Dr Allan Davidson says
James and William Fletcher, the
founders of Fletcher Construction,
were members of the church and
played a huge part in the building
It was the Depression and
that's where the Fletchers were
important as they wanted to keep
some work for their workers.
As well as that James and Wil-
liam were members,'' he says.
The brothers were on the build-
ing fund committee and helped to
get finance for the project.
They also supplied the plans
which they were given by a cousin
back home in Scotland.
The plans were based on a
building in Twechar in Scotland,
erected in 1902.
They were eventually contrac-
ted to carry out the construction.
The building was completed in
early 1932 and dedicated on July
7 of that year. A celebration ser-
vice this weekend marks the 80th
anniversary of the dedication.
Mr Davidson says the brothers
played a vital role in the project.
It cost over £15,000 to build
the church which was a consider-
able amount of money and the
Depression had an impact on
some of the members here.''
The Fletcher family no longer
plays an active part in the church
but the oak communion table was
donated by William Fletcher and
his wife. The bell in the church
tower was also given in Mr
The church appears to be made
of stone but in fact it is made of
reinforced concrete and brick
faced by Putaruru stone. The
inside walls are plastered to look
The church is full of memories
but Mr Davidson says he has a
While we look to the past and
celebrate the present, we also look
to the future,'' he says. When you
think of all the things these walls
have witnessed -- it's a place that's
played an important part in
people's lives and continues to.''
A great-granddaughter of the
Fletcher brothers will be present for
this Sunday's celebration of the
80th anniversary of the church. The
service begins at 9.30am and there
will be morning tea afterwards.
Creepy crawlies: Greg Weston with his 3-year-old son
Kian at Kelly Tarlton's.
Photos: JASON OXENHAM
Here's some good news
for anyone who's stuck
indoors with the kids
these school holidays.
Kelly Tarlton's has
some new underwater
creatures worth having
a look at.
There's a new octo-
pus to see and a display
of bloodsucking lee-
ches. There's also a
pool of glass shrimp
quite keen on nibbling
the dead skin cells off
your fingers, should
you be brave enough to
give them the chance.
There are edu-
throughout the day and
an interactive quiz trail
Go to kellytarltons.
Saturday 14 July 7.30 pm Sunday 15 July 3.00 pm
Cathie Harrop and Ilona Rodgers present stories and
music of the family, the house, and the times of Highwic.
Tickets $45.00 includes coffee and cake with the
musicians. For bookings call Cathie on 09 479 2361.
150 Years Around the Piano
celebrates 150 years
Highwic, Mortimer Pass, Newmarket
p: 09 524 5729 e: Highwic@historic.org.nz
Open Wednesday - Sunday 10.30 - 4.30
e High Tea
8 July and 12 August
Delicious tea and tasty morsels.
Learn about tea etiquette
2.00 - 4.00 pm $39.00. Book on Eventfinder.
There's a winter stand-up
paddleboarding series at
Kohimarama Beach on
Tuesday evenings from
July 17. Beginners
from 4pm. See
details or phone Victoria
021 644 129.
If you've got kids who are
into pirates, take them
along to the Voyager NZ
Maritime Museum this
holidays. Pirates are the
theme until July 15. Entry
for children is $5,
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