In the early 1860s an area known as Pit Town in Newcastle NSW was an isolated community of slab and bark huts built by coal miners employed in the Borehole pit. At first there were not more than 100 miners in the district but by 1871 when the Municipality of Hamilton was formed, there was a population of almost 1000. The original settlers of Hamilton were mainly of Scottish descent and it is not surprising that a strong Presbyterian Parish was formed.
 
In 1882 the Parish gained independence as a separate charge and steps were taken to collect money for the erection of a new church on a site in Tudor Street. The design was based on Dunfermline Abbey in Scotland. The church was opened for services on Thursday 1st December 1887. It was admitted to be one of the finest pieces of ecclesiastical architecture in the Northern District.

Today we continue to follow in the footsteps of those early parishioners and worship in this beautiful church built and dedicated to the glory of God. Although the building sustained considerable damage in an earthquake in 1989, it was carefully restored and stands today as a symbol of the  inspiration and faith of those early inhabitants of the district.

© 2015 Scots Kirk Hamilton