Church of England Mission Hall: 108-110 Little Bourke Street, MELBOURNE
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Building ProfileName : Church of England Mission Hall
LocationAddress: 108-110 Little Bourke Street
Construction DetailsBuilt: 1894
Original use: Hall
Current use: Commercial
Built in the Victorian period in the Eclectic style
The former Mission Hall is a two storey polychrome brick building. The main door is located in the centre of the facade in a projecting bay (with pediment above) and there are Gothic arch headed windows to the ground floor and round-headed windows to the upper floor; both types of windows have decorative keystones. There is a parapet with corner finials and a pedimented central section.
Prominent missionary and social reformer Cheong Cheok Hong founded the building. Cheong, Chinese-born, came to Victoria as a baby in the 1850s and arrived in Melbourne in about 1863. After working with the Presbyterian Church Cheong joined the Anglicans in 1885. He was appointed Missionary Superintendent for twelve months and he organised the work of Chinese catechists throughout the colony. He also collected funds for building a Mission Hall and Training Centre for Chinese evangelists and this building was the result of his work. Cheong left the Church Missionary Association in 1898 and started an unofficial Anglican mission, and he went on to found a new building in 1902 at 119-125 Little Bourke Street. This building was fully recognised by the Church of England in 1904 (later it was converted into offices). In addition to his mission work, Cheong played a significant role in the anti-opium campaign in Victoria around the turn of the century.Architect: Charles Webb
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