Min­den his­tory on dis­play

Pub­lic in­vited to cel­e­brate 140th birth­day of one of re­gion’s old­est churches

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - AN­DREW KORNER an­drew.korner@qt.com.au

MIN­DEN’S Zion Lutheran Church can trace its be­gin­nings back to some of the first Ger­man mi­grants to set­tle in the area in the 1870s.

Af­ter ser­vices were ini­tially held in pri­vate homes of Luther­ans in the area from 1878, the first ded­i­cated church build­ing was built on the Tal­le­galla Rd site in 1880.

Ser­vices were con­ducted in Ger­man in those early years un­der found­ing Pas­tor Gaus­tadt.

The growth of the church meant a big­ger build­ing was needed to re­place the hum­ble tim­ber shack.

In 1928, the church opened its big­ger, bet­ter church build­ing, which still stands proudly to this day.

The church ac­quired an­other build­ing in 1958, when a for­mer RAAF hall was trucked out to the Min­den site to be used for Sun­day school and other func­tions.

Church sec­re­tary Ken Frohloff, whose an­ces­tors were part of the foun­da­tion of the church, said the 140th an­niver­sary of the for­ma­tion of the Zion Lutheran Church was a great time to re­flect on the rich his­tory.

The an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion also co­in­cides with the 90th birth­day of the cur­rent church build­ing.

“The church was re­ally at its peak in the 1940s, when we had more than 300 bap­tised mem­bers,” Mr Frohloff said.

Th­ese days the church boasts about 50 bap­tised mem­bers. The church pipe or­gan, which has served proudly since 1933, also has an in­ter­est­ing story.

Al­though built new by Henry Wil­lis and Sons, the pneu­matic keys still used on it were taken from the or­gan that was used at the Bris­bane Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing from the 1880s on­wards.

Mr Frohloff said the keys were taken off the old Bris­bane or­gan and re­cy­cled af­ter they changed from pneu­matic to elec­tric.

The pipe or­gan re­ceived a much needed re­fur­bish­ment last year and still sounds bril­liant.

Mr Frohloff said all mem­bers of the pub­lic were wel­come to at­tend the thanks­giv­ing ser­vice on No­vem­ber 18 from 10am. The ser­vice will be fol­lowed by a lun­cheon.

Pho­tos: An­drew Korner

MILE­STONE: Min­den’s Zion Lutheran Church sec­re­tary Ken Frohloff and mem­ber Noe­lene Vic­tor are invit­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to cel­e­brate the 140th an­niver­sary on No­vem­ber 18.

The orig­i­nal Zion Lutheran Church stands next to the cur­rent day church prior to be­ing re­moved in the 1930s.

The pipe or­gan at Zion Lutheran Church, Min­den.

This Ger­man Bible verse adorned the walls of the orig­i­nal church build­ing in the late 1800s. Trans­lated into to English, it means: "The grace of the Lord Je­sus Christ and the love of God and the fel­low­ship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."

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