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Welcome to Friends of the Auburn Tower Inc

Friends of the Auburn Tower Inc. is a non-denominational, not-for-profit body, incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act (Vic) in 2004. Its objectives are:

  • to promote awareness of the architectural significance of the Auburn Uniting Church complex of buildings;
  • to support the conservation of the Auburn Uniting Church buildings, in particular the Tower, on a non-denominational basis;
  • to provide a focus for  members of the community who wish to see the Tower and other buildings preserved for future generations and used as a community resource.


Work on the Tower has begun - see photo in Gallery. Treatment of the render and the iron columns is being supported by the Friends/National Trust Appeal, which is still open for tax-deductible donations.



The inaugural President of the Friends was the then Member for Hawthorn, later Premier of Victoria, the Hon Ted Baillieu AO, who was an architect before entering Parliament.


Mr Baillieu was succeeded as President by John Herniman, also an architect, who has experience working on heritage church buildings.


Mr Herniman has a particular interest in the work of Alfred Dunn, architect of Auburn Uniting Church and other significant buildings from Melbourne's land boom of the 1880s.


Following the death of the inaugural Patron of the Friends, the Hon Evan Walker, Mr Baillieu kindly agreed to be our new Patron.


The Executive Officer is Cheryl Pisterman.