Our Origins

In 1835 St Leonard’s Church in King Street (now an auction house) was established as a “chapel of ease” (what we would now call a new charge development church) to help meet the spiritual needs of Perth’s growing population at a time of rapid industrial expansion and the introduction of factory-scale dyeworks. Under Reverend John Milne, the congregation soon grew to over 800 members and adherents.

In May 1843, at the Disruption, Mr Milne and the vast majority of the St Leonard’s congregation left to join the fledging Free Church. They responded to the crisis with vigour and determination, and by December of that year had built and paid for their own church building, on the corner of Scott Street and Victoria Street (later a cinema, then bingo hall, now replaced by Housing Association flats). This church was fairly soon regarded as inadequate in size and scale, and a building fund was set up during the 1860s. By the early 1880s, it was felt possible to go ahead: the site for the present church in Marshall Place was acquired in 1882, building work started the following year, and the new church opened on 3 September 1885.