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St. Margaret's Uniting Church, Hackett

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St Margaret's Uniting Church is a Uniting Church Congregation in Hackett, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

St Margaret's Uniting Church, Hackett
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St Margaret's Uniting Church, Hackett is located in Australian Capital Territory
St Margaret's Uniting Church, Hackett
St Margaret's Uniting Church, Hackett
Location of St Margaret's Uniting Church, Hackett in the Australian Capital Territory.
35°14′51″S 149°09′18″E / 35.2475°S 149.1551°E / -35.2475; 149.1551Coordinates: 35°14′51″S 149°09′18″E / 35.2475°S 149.1551°E / -35.2475; 149.1551
DenominationUniting Church in Australia
DedicationSt Margaret of Scotland
Functional statusActive
DioceseCanberra Region Presbytery
Minister(s)Rev. Chris Lockley

The soaring spire of the church building it shares[1] with Holy Cross Anglican congregation is a major landmark in North Canberra, at the intersection of the four suburbs of Watson, Dickson, Downer and Hackett.[2]

The church is home to Meg's Toybox,[3][4] the major toy library for North Canberra, and the Stepping Stones for Life disability support organisation.[5]

40th anniversary celebration marking dedication of Holy Cross Anglican Church and St. Margaret's Uniting Church, Hackett.


St. Margaret's Uniting Church, together with Holy Cross Anglican Church, are the only remaining congregations from rival denominations in the Australian Capital Territory to continue to share a church, hall and grounds, and on occasions ministers and even services.

The Church was founded in 1964[6] as a shared congregation of the Presbyterian and Methodist churches in the then newly built North Canberra suburbs of Watson, Dickson, Downer and Hackett.[7] In doing so it predated by over a decade the family of churches it now belongs to, the Uniting Church in Australia, which was formed in 1977 when the Congregational, Methodist and Presbyterian churches came together.[8]

Services were initially held in school rooms until the completion and official dedication of the Church building on 1967-12-16.[9]

It faces the Australian Catholic University's Canberra Campus (Signadou), built in 1963 as the Dominican Sisters' Teacher Training College, across Antill Street.


Worship at St Margaret's is in the liberal Protestant tradition of the Uniting Church in Australia.[10]


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