Victor Harbor Tabernacle Cong. Cemetery
Tabernacle Road
Victor Harbor
 

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Pioneer pastor of the south Reverend Ridgway William Newland made his home at Encounter Bay in 1839, leaving a popular Congregational Church at Harley, Staffordshire, in England.  As soon as he had settled in South Australia, he regularly held divine service in a tent, a hut, or in his own home.  In 1846 the Tabernacle was opened, a quaint little building measuring twenty-eight feet by nineteen feet with its interior first lit by whale-oil lamps and tallow candles.  The building has now disappeared but a monolith has been erected in the little graveyard.  Mr Newland completed the fiftieth year of his service as a minister of the Congregational Church in October 1862.  Less than eighteen months later, in March 1864, he died as a result of an accident while returning from Adelaide in a mail cart.
 

 

 

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