Property prayer answered: Merbein church goes under the hammer

Northern Mallee Anglican Parish warden Ian Masters inside the former St John’s Anglican Church. Picture: Ben Gross

Northern Mallee Anglican Parish warden Ian Masters inside the former St John’s Anglican Church. Picture: Ben Gross

A PIECE of Merbein history is up for sale with the former St John’s Anglican Church to be auctioned.

The solid concrete church – complete with bell tower, cathedral ceilings and polished floorboards – is not heritage listed and could be converted into a residential property or business.

The foundation stone for the church was laid in October, 1919, and it opened in April, 1921.

Northern Malleee Anglican Parish warden Ian Masters said it would be sad to see the church sold and hoped it could be maintained for use by the community.

The property on the corner of Box and Smith streets is set on 4048 sq m and has three main buildings – the church, a threebedroom, brick-veneer home and a 10m x 20m hall.

“We had three churches in the general area – Irymple, Merbein and Mildura – and it becomes a bit of a hassle upkeeping three sites so we sold Irymple 12 months ago and now it’s the time for Merbein,” Mr Masters said.

“It’s a real loss for Merbein, there’s no doubt about that. Back in the old days you had to have buildings where people were. Nowadays with vehicles, it only takes a few minutes to get to Mildura.

“I’d certainly like to see it kept for some use. You’d like to see it as a building used in the community, that would be ideal.”

The church was last used 18 months ago.

The auction by First National Real Estate Collie & Tierney will be on Friday, February 22 at 12.30pm on-site.

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