George McCredie

George McCredie (1859 – 1903) NSW politician
The McCredie Memorial Church was erected to commemorate pioneer George McCredie who held the first Presbyterian service on his property in 1894.

The McCredie Memorial Church was erected to commemorate pioneer George McCredie who held the first Presbyterian service on his property in 1894.

Five children of the founder were present at the George McCredie Memorial Presbyterian Church Golden Jubilee services at Guildford on Sunday. The celebrations were to have been held a year ago, when 50 years had gone by since George McCredie had held the first Presbyterian service in a summer house on his property, “Linwood,” at Guildford, on May 6, 1894. He subsequently built a structure known as “Linwood Hall,” in which services were held until the end of 1905. After his death in 1903, the McCredie family made a gift of the land on which the church stands, and the church was built by the congregation as a memorial to the grand old pioneer.
The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate
http://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/people/religion/display/107514-george-mccredie

George McCredie established Presbyterian services in a hall on his property in 1894. The family lived comfortably in this quiet rural estate until George McCredie passed away, aged 44, at Linnwood of unknown causes following a period of sickness in 1903. He had been appointed by the Government to take charge of the clean up and stop the advance of bubonic plague throughout Sydney. His first priority was to inspect and assess the infected districts. Areas were cleared one at a time of the “accumulation of filth, the utter disregard of sanitary arrangements and numerous sad cases of poverty”.
https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=5052822

McCredie was a consulting engineer and was educated at Fort Street Public School. He was an apprentice carpenter at age 14 to Australasian Steam Navigation Company and was employed as a journeyman in Northern Queensland. Returned to Sydney and entered partnership with his brother as architects and consulting engineers. Travelled around the world in 1883. settled at Guildford in 1891. President of Central Cumberland Agricultural and Horticultural Association.
https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/members/Pages/member-details.aspx?pk=1048

see also
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_McCredie

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