What is significant? The 1880 bichromatic brick church and the surrounding site to the title boundaries.
How is it significant? The church is architecturally, historically, socially and spiritually significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
Why is it significant? The church is architecturally significant as a finely detailed example of a brick 19th century rural community church, one of only four in the Shire (Criteria E & B). The church is historically significant as an important link with the time when Eltham was a small, insular country settlement. Also for the historical evolution visible in the complex, with the modest 1880s church and larger red brick rear hall from the early 20th century as a reflection of population growth in the area (Criterion A). The church is historically, spiritually and socially significant because it has played, and continues to play, an important part in the spiritual and social life of the community (Criterion G).
BUTLER STUDY, 2001
The Eltham Uniting Church is significant to the Nillumbik Shire:
. as a finely detailed example of a brick 19th century rural community's church, one of only four in the Nillumbik Shire;
. as an important link with the time when Eltham was a small, insular country settlement.
. for the historical evolution visible in the complex, with the modest 1880 church and larger red brick rear hall from early this century as a reflection ofthe population growth of the area.
UNITING CHURCH, ORIGINALLY METHODIST CHURCH - Historical Australian Themes
The church is one of four 19th century brick churches in the Shire: see St. Margaret's Church of England Church, 1861; former Wesleyan Church, 1880, both Eltham; St Johns Church of England, 1867, Diamond Creek.
Reference 1: Chris Allan (Ed.), "Eltham Methodist Church One Hundred and Twenty-five Years 18501975", Mimeographed typescript, 1975, in Uniting Church Archives, Melbourne.
Reference 2: Author not known, Invitation and Souvenir Eltham Methodist Church Centenary Celebrations, Spectator Publishing Co., Melbourne, 1950.
UNITING CHURCH, ORIGINALLY METHODIST CHURCH - Physical Description 1
Plan now T-shaped (after addition of rear hall) originally rectangular
Walls solid duochromatic face brickwork with rubbed brick, dressings.
Roof gabled with no eaves, slate clad. Features are the duochromatic brick walls with their framed bay arrangement, buttresses, eaves corbels, front porch (now disused) with its finial, gable with its finial, decorated slate roof, ridge vents and the stained glass in the church and rear hall.