ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0184 Canberra Churches Centre Archives

Scope and content notes

Call Number

HMSS 0184

Collection 

Canberra Churches Centre Archives

Date Range

1968 - 2007

Quantity

1.98 m (10 manuscript boxes)

Access Conditions

open

Copying Conditions

with attribution 

Related Collections

HMSS 0285 ACT Churches Council

On 3 October 1972 the Canberra Churches Centre (CCC) was incorporated as a public company, run by a Board of Directors drawn mainly from its nine member churches. Its primary objects were to provide facilities for Christian worship and services to the general community through counselling and support for those in distress or suffering physical, social or economic disabilities, and marriage guidance, reconciliation and education services.

This novel ecumenical development began in the 1960s when most mainstream Christian churches expressed interest in securing land in or adjacent to the new Woden Town Centre. The planning authorities in 1965 suggested instead that the churches reserve a single site within the Town Centre for joint development. This was endorsed by the Joint Commission for Church Development (JCCD), and formed the basis for the “Church in the marketplace” philosophy, although there were considerable practical difficulties. In addition to general scepticism, the group had no money, no special expertise, and no formal organisation to accept responsibility.

In 1968 a Woden Churches Centre Board was established, but it was not until the CCC was incorporated that finance could be arranged and the building constructed. Woden Churches Centre was dedicated on 14 September 1974, followed by Belconnen Churches Centre on 22 June 1980. Following the successes at Woden and Belconnen, a third Churches Centre was incorporated in the planning of Tuggeranong Town Centre, and building began in 1988.

However, financial constraints caused the sale of Woden and the partly completed Tuggeranong buildings, although some rooms were leased back for the Centres’ use. Tuggeranong was sold to a member church, the Salvation Army, in 1997. Woden Centre finally closed in January 2002, and Belconnen in October 2002. The Canberra Churches Centre Company was wound up in 2004, and the assets and archives were transferred to the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture on 29 March 2005.

Each Centre had an auditorium, a chapel and meeting rooms, and each had a resident parish: the Anglican Church of St Albans (Woden), East Belconnen Uniting Church, and Tuggeranong Church of Christ, while the Catholic Church conducted services at all three Centres.  A wide range of community organisations used the facilities.

Box List

Box No.

Description

QTY

Date Range

1

Company Board Minutes

23 October 1972 – 31 January 1975,
 including first AGM 30 April 1974

1 vol

1972-1975

1

Company Board Minutes

31 January 1972 – 1 February 1979, including AGM 1975

1 vol

1972-1979

1

Company Board Minutes

30 January 1980 – 3 June 1981
(copies except for 21 March 1980 original minutes)

1 vol

1980-1981

1

Company Board Minutes

1 February 1979 – 5 August 1981

1 vol

1979-1981

2

Company Board Minutes

5 August 1981 – 1 August 1984

1 vol

1981-1984

2

Company Board Minutes

26 September 1984 – 3 August 1988

1 vol

1984-1988

3

Company Board Minutes

7 September 1988 – 5 February 1992

1 vol

1988-1992

3

Company Board Minutes

27 February 1992 – 5 April 2000

1 vol

1992-2000

4

Company Board Minutes

5 April 2000 – 15 September 2004

1 vol

2000-2004

4

Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meeting Minutes

1 July 1981 – 6 July 1988

1 vol

1981-1988

4

Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meeting Minutes

31 August 1989 – 30 June 2004

1 vol

1989-2004

4

Company Resolutions

Resolutions and agreements

1 vol

1972-2004

4

Executive Community Minutes

1 April 2002 – 31 March 2004

1 file

2002-2004

5

Executive Community Minutes

Woden Management Committee

1 vol

1974-1979

5

Executive Community Minutes

Woden Management Committee

1 vol

1980-1984

5

Executive Community Minutes

Outreach Committee 19 August 1988 – 15 March 1990

1 vol

1988-1990

5

Sample Minutes

Retail and professional tenants, Belconnen Churches Centre, 15 April 1996 – 3 October 1997

1 file

1996-1997

5

Sample Minutes

Outreach Committee minutes, correspondence and reports 15 February 1990 – 7 December 1994, possibly incomplete

1 file

1990-1994

5

Sample Minutes

Outreach Committee minutes, 30 April 1993 – 4 October 1995
[Outreach Committee became Mission Committee 22  February 1996]

1 file

1993-1995

5

Sample Minutes

Tenancy Committee minutes, 12 April 1994 – 11 April 1996

1 file

1994-1996

6

Sample Minutes

Belconnen Management Committee minutes, 21 March 1980 – 20 January 1983

1 file

1980-1983

6

Sample Minutes

Belconnen Management Committee minutes, 17 February 1983 – 16 August 1984

1 file

1983-1984

6

Company Registers

Register of Directors

1 file

1972-2004

6

Company Registers

Register of Members

1 file

1972-2004

6

Company Registers

Common Seal Register

1 vol

1974-2004

6

Company Registers

Register of documents

1 file

1982

6

Company Registers

Annual Returns to Registrar of Companies / National Companies and Securities Commission

1 file

1972-1988

7

Heads of Church Files (correspondence with heads of member churches)

Anglican Church

1 file

1990-2002

7

Heads of Church Files (correspondence with heads of member churches)

Baptist Church

1 file

1997-2003

7

Heads of Church Files (correspondence with heads of member churches)

Churches of Christ

1 file

1985-2002

7

Heads of Church Files (correspondence with heads of member churches)

Greek Orthodox Church

1 file

1989-2002

7

Heads of Church Files (correspondence with heads of member churches)

Lutheran Church

1 file

1994-2002

7

Heads of Church Files (correspondence with heads of member churches)

Presbyterian Church

1 file

1981-2003

7

Heads of Church Files (correspondence with heads of member churches)

Roman Catholic Church

1 file

1984-2004

7

Heads of Church Files (correspondence with heads of member churches)

Salvation Army Church

1 file

1975-2002

7

Heads of Church Files (correspondence with heads of member churches)

Uniting Church

1 file

1986-2002

7

 

Heads of Churches Westpac pledges to secure company loans

1 file

1991-2002

7

Heads of Church

Notes of meetings, membership lists, reports

1 file

1997-2000

7

Heads of Church

General correspondence file

1 file

1997-2000

7

Heads of Church

Heads of Church and Directors Luncheon 20 March 1996

1 file

1996

7

Articles of Association

Articles of Association 1974, 1978, 1982, 1990

3 files

1974-1990

7

Certificates: Incorporation of a Public Company and Registration of Business Names

Certificate of Incorporation - Canberra Churches Centres
Registrations of Business Name – Woden, Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin Churches Centres

1 file

1972-1997

7

Company History

Files including the origin of the Company’s logo

4 files

1974-2002

8

Task Force Meetings

Future of the Company following the sale of the Tuggeranong Churches Centre

1 file

1993-1998

8

Woden Churches Centre

Centre survey report

1 file

1972-1974

8

Woden Churches Centre

Woden Churches Centre sale agreement

1 file

1990-1992

8

Woden Churches Centre

Woden Churches Centre sale agreement and lease back

1 file

1990

8

Belconnen Churches Centre

Agreement between Canberra Churches Centre and Wales management

1 item

1979

8

Belconnen Churches Centre

Belconnen building fitout

1 file

1979-1980

8

Belconnen Churches Centre

Belconnen Churches Centre purchase of Westpac’s interest

1 file

1983-1985

8

Belconnen Churches Centre

Canberra Churches Centre’s loan agreement with the Church of England Property Trust

1 file

1979-1982

8

Belconnen Churches Centre

Proposed sale of the Belconnen Churches Centre

1 file

1985

8

Belconnen Churches Centre

Belconnen Churches Centre valuation

1 item

1990

9

Belconnen Churches Centre

Sale files Belconnen Churches Centre October 2002 for $3,300,000

4 files

2002

9

Transaction Document Re Sale of Tuggeranong

1 file

1990

9

Insurance Policies

1 file

2000-2003

9

Reports and Management Reviews, All Centres

3 items

1990, 1998

9

Churches Centre Archhives

1 file

2004-2007

10

Noel McCann's Valuation Papers, All Centres

1 binder

1988-1990

10

Marriage Register

1 vol

1968-2001

10

Canberra Churches Centre Tax Documents

1 binder

2000-2003

10

Tuggeranong Photographs and Press Coverage

Includes photographs of Woden Churches Centre

1 binder, 1 folder

1988-1989