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Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk
Mashishing (Lydenburg), Mpumalanga

Date:1894
Type:Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk - Church
Status:Extant
Street:Church Square between Lange and Kantoor Streets

 


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Coordinates:
25°05'29.88" S 30°27'04.99" E

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The foundation stone was laid on April 1890 by the rev. H.J. Neethling and on 14 April 1894 the church came into use. The building cost a total of £72,779 36s 3d. The pulpit, a replica of that in the Mother Church in Stellenbosch, was constructed by Palframan and De Roo from ordinary Kiaat donated by Abel Erasmus. In 1926 the descendants of the Voortrekker G.C. Schoeman donated a unique organ to the congregation.

The plot, on which this church and the Voortrekker Church stand, was declared a national monument in 1978.

[Information supplied by the Lydenburg Museum]

The pulpit, a replica of that in the Mother Church in Stellenbosch, was constructed by Palframan and De Roo from ordinary kiaat donated by Abel Erasmus. In 1926 the descendants of the Voortrekker G.C. Schoeman donated a unique organ to the congregation.

It is interesting to note that the carpenter Palframan, and his assistant A.J. de Roo had been sent to the Cape to study the pulpit at the Moederkerk in Stellenbosch. They returned and made the pulpit for the Moederkerk in Lydenburg. The result was magnificent. It was made from kiaat donated by Abel Erasmus and grown on his farm north of Lydenburg. The same Mr, de Roo had carved the rood screen at St. John's Church.

[Extracted from An Introduction - Early Lydenburg submitted by Helen Hadland, great-granddaughter of A.J. de Roo]

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