Primitive Methodist Church

Primitive Methodist Church

Stage Number: MBSH.02.06.01

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Rocklea-Yeerongpilly-Moorooka

Epoch: Late 19th Century

Street Address: 26 Sherwood Road, Rocklea

Latitude & Longitude: -27.54119444,153.01002778

Time Link: 1863

Map Link: TBA

Image Time Point: TBA

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This church was founded by the Reverend Joseph Buckle, a Yorkshireman who was appointed to work for the Methodist Church in Australia in 1859. He started in Victoria, where he was responsible for the erection of 16 churches in the four years before he came to Queensland. He supervised the expansion of the church around Brisbane and Ipswich, with 15 new buildings opening, including the one at Rocky Water-holes in 1863. That church was soon enlarged, but many of the leaseholding local farmers had to move away after a severe flood. Two of the men he had converted there were the first to preach the gospel on the Gympie goldfield. ‘Christian primitivism’ (also known as ‘Restorationism’; with breakaway groups known as ‘Primative Baptists’ and ‘Churches of Christ’) was a diverse collection of very autonomous churches. The basic concept of the broad movement has been reviving the original and basic form of the ancient Christian faith, as revealed in the New Testament.


Methodist Leader, 19 July, 1912.

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Reverend Joseph Buckle (1830-1912). John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Record number: 182379.

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