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Voortrekker Church
Mashishing (Lydenburg), Mpumalanga

Date:1851
Type:Church
Style:Pioneer
Status:Extant
Street:cor Church and Kantoor Streets

 


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Coordinates:
25°05' 29.70" S 30°27'07.65" E

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Shortly after the founding of Lydenburg a start was made with the building of a church, with A. Livingston as the building contractor. In March 1851, at the time of the visit of rev. A. Murray (JR) and J.H. Neethling, the building already stood roof-high. The roof was temporarily covered with thatch for the occasion. The original gables were removed in 1879, the windows were altered to windows and the thatched roof was replaced by one of corrugated iron.

On 13 April 1973 the church was declared a national monument and is neo-Gothicpresently the oldest existing Nederduitse Gereformeerde (Dutch Reformed) Church building in Mpumalanga. It was restored to in original style with the aid of a pen sketch done by Richter in 1867 and another illustration published in the Graphic of 1876.

In 1894 this church was replaced by the near-by Nederduitse Gereformeerde Church to which services were transferred.

This Nederduitse Gereformeerde Church is now used once a month for services and is also popular for weddings.

[Information supplied by the Lydenburg Museum]

The church was restored in 1965 – 1977 by Johan DE RIDDER and was chosen as an exhibit at the Pretoria University School of Architecture 50 year Alumni exhibition held at the Pretoria Art Gallery.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.


Writings about this entry

Menache, Philippe & David, Darryl Earl. 2010. 101 Country Churches of South Africa. South Africa: Booktown Richmond Press. pg 55