What is significant?
The Anglican Church, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, is a timber church constructed in 1878 for the then Lake Tyers Aboriginal Mission to a design by the prominent Melbourne architect, Leonard Terry. Built by Aboriginal labour, it has been the focus of the Aboriginal Mission, architecturally and socially, since its construction.
How is it significant?
The Anglican Church, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, is architecturally, historically and socially significant to the state of Victoria.
Why is it significant?
The Anglican Church, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust is architecturally significant as a representative work of the prominent Melbourne architects Leonard Terry. It is unusual in being constructed of timber in 1878 with timber buttresses and a three stage square tower. It is a landmark within the village of the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust and can be seen from other vantage points across the Lake.
The Anglican Church, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust is historically significant as a rare example of an Aboriginal mission church which was part of the Aboriginal Reserve system used to control the Aboriginal population of Victoria from the 1860s. The church has been associated with worship by Aborigines and mission staff as well as many baptisms, marriages and burials of Aborigines from all over Victoria over the past one hundred and forty years and demonstrates the history of European attempts to convert aborigines to Christian values. In the period from 1886 to 1923 when part-Aborigines were forbidden to come on to the Reserve and to mix with their full-blood relatives, the church was the only permitted meeting place.
The Anglican Church, Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust, is socially significant because of its association for the Aboriginal community in Victoria as a link with the community's past experience on the Aboriginal reserves.