Berowra has many historic buildings, often overlooked by the community. Many are now private homes, and their history is all but forgotten. This week, I want to take a look at one of these buildings.
The building in the picture below is now a private residence, but in its heyday, it was a hive of activity. In 1929 the land was donated by Doug Chappell of the local Tannery for use as a Presbyterian Church. After 1978, when the Methodists and Presbyterians amalgamated to become the Uniting Church, it was sold to the Salvation Army Church, one of the many religious communities which were active in the Berowra community. The Salvation Army Church in Berowra was established by Ted and Audrey Melville, as otherwise the nearest Salvation Army Citadel was in Hornsby. Many struggling Berowra families have fond memories of the “Op Shop” which they ran from the Church. While some of these religious groups are still going strong in Berowra, the Salvation Army Church was closed and the building sold many years ago.
Melville Close, off Yallambee Road Road, Berowra commemorates these much loved local identities.
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