Update 28th July 2019

Lecture Hall Upgrade –

The upgrade of the 1851 Lecture Hall, the first permanent Wesleyan Chapel in the Illawarra, and Kiama’s oldest operational building was completed and the hall officially re-opened on this day.

Due to the extent of salt penetration of the old brickwork and the prewvious lack of any damp course, the project had taking much longer than expected and more than doubled the cost of the project.

Thanks to our wonderful and generous members, we reached the a major fundraising goal of $100,000 at the end of January 2019 which was terrific. As part of this, one of our Presbytery churches sought approval from Synod to share with us a donation of $20,000 from their Proceeds of Sale. Also another smaller church in the Presbytery has sent a contribution to the cause. Since then, the total has increased to $105,650 which is about $45,000 short of our long-term goal. We are truly grateful to all those that have contributed, and the results can be seen in the following Before & After photographs.

Just amazing thanks to everyone’s prayers.

Heritage Restoration Fund for

“Illawarra’s First Permanent Wesleyan Chapel



Kiama Uniting Church – “Giving new life to our 1851 Lecture Hall”

Regarded as the oldest building in Kiama but suffering the ravishes of its location near the salt of the sea, the Lecture Hall was in dire need of a complete restoration.

With the clearly defined purpose of bringing “Kiama’s oldest operational building” up to a fully refurbished & usable space serving the community, it was felt that we had to approach Church members & the Kiama community with a fundraising campaign aimed at raising $150,000.
Timing is critical as the Church has already spent $75,000 on the restoration, covering such items as a Heritage Conservation Management Plan, asbestos removal, new roofing, guttering and down pipes, with another $99,000 work just commenced to remove salt from the walls prior to painting, replace internal plaster and inject a chemical damp course to stop rising damp.
If you think this building is worth preserving and you can help us with a donation we would be most grateful.

Your contribution can be made a number of ways:

  • Cash or cheque (in the name of UCA – KIAMA Heritage Restoration Fund) placed in the specially marked envelope at Church
  • Cheque (as above) for $………… mailed to the PO Box below
  • Direct Deposit via EFT or at a Westpac Branch, to the following account, noting (if you wish) your name as Reference:
    BSB: 032689, Account: 220359, Acct Name: UCA – KIAMA Heritage Restoration Fund.
  • Or setup a regular monthly direct payment for say six months to the account listed above.

Whilst a four-figure donation would obviously help achieve our target sooner, any amount will be great. As of May 2019, a total of over $105,000 has been donated to the campaign which is fantastic. Thank you everyone!


Kiama Uniting Church
PO Box 140,
‘Kiama NSW 2533
Office Phone: 02 4232 1677
Minister Rev Janice Freeston: 0411 128 519
Email: cliff_mason@bigpond.com


For more details, please click on this link Heritage Restoration Fund Brochure Final to open our Restoration Booklet.