BACK in 1992, a team of volunteers relocated the former Sherbrooke Union Church from number 8 High Street Woonona to the Illawarra Grevillea Park (Behind Slacky Flat, Bulli) to save it from the bulldozer.
The old church, which was being used as a private residence at the time, was earmarked for demolition for home units, so the troops were rallied together to save the building.
Ray Brown suggested we relocate the building to the Illawarra Grevillea Park. After approaching the developer – who was glad to get rid of the building and gaining the relevant permissions – we removed the old church’s roof, acquired the services of a crane, and had the weatherboard building lifted and placed on a low-loader.
In the early hours of the morning the former house of worship was moved by truck to its current home at Bulli. It was the second time the historic church had been shifted.
Orginally it was relocated, in parts, from Sherbrooke, where it was used as a protestant interdenominational church. Sherbrooke was a small fruit growing village on the Illawarra escarpment behind Bulli, which was resumed by the NSW Government and flooded as part of the Cataract Dam project in 1902. More on Sherbrooke’s history: The Lost Village.
Today the church serves as a wedding chapel and administration building at the Illawarra Grevillea Park.
Pictures: Black Diamond Heritage Centre, Illawarra Mercury, and my personal collection.
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