History and background of Casuarina Uniting Church

Story written by Roslyn Swenson

In 1976 Nightcliff United Church did a survey of the people in the houses rebuilt and new houses being built in the Northern Suburbs of Darwin following Cyclone Tracey and the decision was made to establish a United Church in Casuarina.

In July 1976 the first service for CUC was held in a demountable community hall in Malay Road, Wagaman. The Rev. John Gardner, Minister at Nightcliff became part-time Minister for CUC as well as Minister for Nightcliff.

In April 1977 the congregation moved to Wagaman Primary School.   It was in June 1977 the Uniting Church of Australia was inaugurated hence Nightcliff and Casuarina became Uniting Churches.

Another move in February 1978 saw the move to worship in Wulagi Primary School as more people moved north-east of Lee Point Road.  After this there was a decision made to build a manse in Rothdale Road and to call the Rev. Bill Clarke who was minister at Nhulunbuy.  A church council was formed in 1979 and the manse was completed.  In 1980 Rev Bill Clarke began his ministry at Casuarina.

At the end of 1983 the congregation decided to apply for the Vanderlin Drive site to build a church building and a committee was appointed with the task of building.  The turning of the sod and the building commenced in June 1986.  It was completed December 1986 and handed to the congregation in time for Christmas Eve service.  The opening of the building (the current church) was 21st February 1987. 

In the intervening years many have called Casuarina Uniting their spiritual home.  Our current Minister is the sixth full time minister over 39 years. 

Founded in 1976 we give thanks to God for the last four decades and more in our  journey and pray that God would continue to guide us into the future.