Presbyterian History - From Reformation to Australia


Library call numbers: MW64.1; MW68.1; MW68.5


Scottish Reformation        1

Scotland other        2

Australia        3

Lang        5

Strong        5

Angus        6

Unclassified        7

Scottish Reformation


Cochrane, Arthur C. (ed.), Reformed Confessions of the Sixteenth Century, London: SCM, 1966.


Cowan, Ian B. (ed.) and Shaw, Duncan (ed.), The Renaissance and Reformation in Scotland, Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1983.


Cowan, Ian B., The Scottish Reformation, London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1983.


Donaldson, Gordon, The Scottish Reformation, Cambridge: C.U.P., 1960. [Available in part at]


Gribben, Crawford and David George Mullan (eds), Literature and the Scottish Reformation, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009.


Knox, John, The History of the Reformation within the Realm of Scotland, Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1982 repr. 2000. The 1905 Lennox edition is available at


Knox, John, The Liturgy Received by the Church of Scotland in 1564, Glasgow: University Press, 1886.


Knox, John, The Political Writings of John Knox, Washington: Folger Books, 1985.


Knox, John, Select Practical Writings of John Knox, Edinburgh: Free Church, 1845.


Knox, John, Selected Writings of John Knox, Dallas: Presbyterian Heritage, 1995.


Lamont, Stewart, The Swordbearer: John Knox and the European Reformation, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1991.[LX47 LAM]


Mason, R. A. (ed.), John Knox and the British Reformations, Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1998.


Reid, W. Stanford, Trumpter of God: A Biography of John Knox, New York: Scribner, 1974.


Ryrie, Alec, The Origins of the Scottish Reformation, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006. [NIL, DML: LX46 R995;]


Scotland other


Acts & Proceedings of the General Assemblies of the Kirk of Scotland, 1560-1618,


Acts of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 1638-1842,


Brown, Stewart J. (ed.) and Fry, Michael (ed.), Scotland in the Age of the Disruption, Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, 1993.


Brown, Stewart J., Thomas Chalmers and the Godly Commonwealth in Scotland, Oxford: OUP, 1982.


Burleigh, John H.S., A Church History of Scotland, London: OUP, 1960 repr. 1973.


Cameron, Nigel et al. (eds), Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1993.


Campbell, Andrew J., Two Centuries of the Church in Scotland, 1707-1929, Paisley: Alexander Gardner, 1930.


Cheyne, A.C., Studies in Scottish Church History, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1999. [Available at]


Cheyne, A.C., The Transforming of the Kirk, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1983.


Cowan, Ian B., The Scottish Covenanters, 1660-1688, London: Victor Gollancz, 1976.


Douglas, J.D., Light in the North: The Story of the Scottish Covenanters, London: Paternoster Press, 1974.


Drummond, Andrew Landale and Bulloch, James, The Church in Late Victorian Scotland, 1874-1900, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1978.


Drummond, Andrew Landale and Bulloch, James, The Church in Victorian Scotland, 1843-1874, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1975.


Drummond, Andrew Landale and Bulloch, James, The Scottish Church, 1688-1843: The Age of the Moderates, Edinburgh: St. Andrew Press, 1973.


Fleming, J. R., The Story of Church Union in Scotland, London: James Clarke, 1929.


Forrester, Duncan B. (ed.) and Murray, Douglas (ed.), Studies in the History of Worship in Scotland. 2nd Ed., Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1996.


Foster, Walter Roland,Bishop and Presbytery: The Church of Scotland, 1661-1688, London: S.P.C.K., 1958.


Foster, Walter Roland,The Church before the Covenants: The Church of Scotland, 1596-1638, Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1975.


Hamilton, Ian, The Erosion of Calvinist Orthodoxy: Drifting from the Truth in Confessional Scottish Churches, Fearn: Christian Focus, 2010.


Macleod, John, Scottish Theology in Relation to Church History since the Reformation, Edinburgh: Free Church Scotland, 1946/74.


Roxburgh, Kenneth B. E., Scottish Protestantism to the Present Day, The Blackwell Companion to Protestantism, Alister E. McGrath and Darren C. Marks (eds), Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007.




Assembly minutes (GAA, GANSW) relating to Samuel Angus, 1977 Separation, and Cameron. Summary of the minutes (35 meg. Thanks to Cameron Garrett for his work on this).


Significant dates in Australian Presbyterian History prior to Federation (thanks to Brian Harvey).


Barnes, Peter, Living in a Half-Way House, Sydney: A.C.T., 1995.


Barnes, Peter, ‘A Rich History: Presbyterians Have Contributed Mightily to Australia’, Australian Presbyterian, December 2011, 4-9.


Bonnington, Stuart McNair, Like a Mustard Seed: A History of the Presbyterian Church, Sydney: A.C.T., 2000.


Breward, Ian, A History of the Australian Churches, St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 1993.


Breward, Ian, The Scottish in Australia, Melbourne: A.E. Press, 1987.


Breward, lan, ‘The Presbyterian Churches and Federation’, Proceedings of the Uniting Church Historical Society (Vic) 18:1, 2001.


Burke, David and Philip J. Hughes, The Presbyterians in Australia (Religious Community Profiles Series), Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, 1996.


Campbell, A. J., Fifty Years of Presbyterianism in Victoria, Melbourne: M.L. Hutchinson, 1889.


Chambers, D., Theological Teaching and Thought in the Theological Hall of the PCV 1865-1906, Parkville, Victoria: Theological Hall, 1967.


Fractured Fellowship: A Presbyterian Case Study, Melbourne, Presbyterian Church of Victoria: 1999.


Harman, Allan and Mairi Harman, Australian Presbyterian History-with Its Scottish and Irish Background, Melbourne: PTC, 2003.


Harman, Mairi, James Forbes of Melbourne: Pioneer Clergyman and Educator, Sydney: Crossing Press, 2001.


Hutchinson, Mark, Iron in Our Blood: A History of the Presbyterian Church in NSW 1788-2001, Strawberry Hills, NSW: Ferguson, 2001.


Joint Commission on Church Union, The Proposed Basis of Union, 1970.


Murray, Iain H., Australian Christian Life from 1788: An Introduction and an Anthology, Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1988.


Piggin, Stuart, Evangelical Christianity in Australia: Spirit, Word and World, Melbourne: OUP, 1996.


Piggin, Stuart, Spirit of a Nation: The Story of Australia's Christian Heritage, Sydney: Strand Publishing, 2004.


Prentis, Malcolm D., The Scots in Australia, Sydney: Sydney University Press, 1983.


Rawlyk, George A. and Noll, Mark A. (eds), Amazing Grace: Evangelicalism in Australia, Britain, Canada & U.S., Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1993.


Thompson, Roger Clark, Religion in Australia: A History, 2nd. ed., South Melbourne: OUP, 1994/2002.


Udy, J. S., ‘Australian Negotiations Towards Union: An Historical Survey 1901-1977’, Church Heritage 1, 1978, 1-32.


Ward, Rowland S., Divisions and Unions in Australian Presbyterianism 1823-1901, Sydney: A.C.T., 1994.


Ward, Rowland S. (ed.), Presbyterian Leaders in Nineteenth Century Australia, Melbourne: Rowland Ward, 1993.


Ward, Rowland S., The Bush Still Burns: The Presbyterian & Reformed Faith in Australia, Wantirna, Victoria: Rowland S. Ward, 1989.


Yule, Jean, Women in the Church: A Memoir, Elsternwick: Uniting Church Historical Society, 2011.


Zwartz, Morag, Fractured Families: The Story of a Melbourne Church Cult, Boronia, Victoria: Parenesis, 2004.




Baker, D.W.A., Days of Wrath: A Life of John Dunmore Lang, Melbourne: MUP, 1985.


Gilchrist, Archibald (ed.) and Powell, Gordon (ed.), John Dunmore Lang: Australia's Pioneer Republican, Wantirna: New Melbourne Press, 1999.


Harman, Allan, ‘John Dunmore Lang-the Preacher’, Proceedings of the Uniting Church Historical Society (Vic) 7, 2000.


Lang, John Dunmore, Reminiscences of My Life and Times, Melbourne: Heinemann, 1972.




Badger, C.R., The Reverend Charles Strong and the Australian Church, Melbourne: Arcadia, 1971.


Bonnington, Stuart McNair, ‘As an Angel of Light: Charles Strong and the Presbyterian Church of Victoria’, Church Heritage, 12:2, 2001.


Bonnington, Stuart McNair, Evaluate the Impact of the Strong Controversy, Box Hill, Victoria: Pres.Theol.Coll., 1989.


Crotty, Robert B., ‘Religion, Culture and Society: the Direction of Charles Strong’s Thought’, The Charles Strong Lectures 1972-1984, Leiden: Brill, 1987, vii-xviii.


Gill, Stewart D., ‘The Battle for the Westminster Confession of Faith in Australia’, The Westminster Confession of Faith into the 21st Century, vol. 1, ed. Ligon Duncan, Fearn, Ross-shire: Mentor, 2003, 247-301.


Phillips, Walter, ‘The Defence of Christian Belief in Australia 1875-1914: The Responses to Evolution and Higher Criticism’, Journal of Religious History 9, 1977, 402-423.


Strong, Charles, Christianity re-interpreted, and other sermons, Melbourne: George Robertson and Co., 1894.


Strong, Charles, The Science of Human Life, Melbourne. Available in the State Library of Victoria


Strong, Charles (ed), Church worship: hymns, psalms and prayers, 1892.


Strong, Charles (compiler), Church Worship Supplement and Young People's hymnal, Melbourne: Fraser & Jenkinson, 1922. State library.


Strong, Charles, ‘The Atonement’, The Victorian Review, 1880. State library


Strong, Charles, Various correspondence. State library.


Strong Symposium:




Barnes, Peter, Theological Controversies in the Presbyterian Church of New South Wales, 1865-1915: The Rise of Liberal Evangelicalism, Lewiston: Edwin Mellen, 2008.


Dougan, Alan, A Backward Glance at the Angus Affair, Sydney: Wentworth Books, 1971.


Emilsen, Susan, A Whiff of Heresy: Samuel Angus and the Presbyterian Church in NSW, Kensington, NSW: NSW University Press, 1991.


Gill, Stewart D., ‘The Battle for the Westminster Confession of Faith in Australia’, The Westminster Confession of Faith into the 21st Century, vol. 1, ed. Ligon Duncan, Fearn, Ross-shire: Mentor, 2003, 247-301.


Linder, Robert D., ‘Apostle to the Australians: The Rev Dr Samuel Angus in Australia, 1915-1943’, Lucas 19 & 20, 1995-1996, 156-179.


Journal of Biblical Literature memorial minute, 1943, ix.


Parer, Michael S., Australia's Last Heresy Hunt: Samuel Angus, Sydney: Wentworth, 1971.


‘Sign of the Times’, The Modern Churchman 24, no. 1934.




Beeke, Joel R., Meet the Puritans, Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage, 2006.


Bonnington, Stuart McNair, Beyond the Furthest Fences: For Christ and the Continent, n.p.: Pres. Inland Mission Committee, n.d.


Bradshaw, F. Maxwell, Basic Documents on Presbyterian Polity - with Introduction and Notes, Sydney: Christian Education Committee, GAA, 1984.


Breward, Ian, A History of the Churches in Australasia, Oxford: OUP, 2001.


Cowan, Henry, The Influence of the Scottish Church in Christendom, London: Adam & Charles Black, 1896.


Cowan, Henry, John Knox: The Hero of the Scottish Reformation, New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1905.


Cumming, Cliff, ‘Covenant and Identity’, Journal of Religious History, 16:2, 1990.


Cunningham, John, The Church History of Scotland. Vol.1. 2nd Ed., Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1882.


Cunningham, John, The Church History of Scotland. Vol.2. 2nd Ed., Edinburgh: Adam & Charles Black, 1882.


Fleming, David Hay, Critical Reviews Relating Chiefly to Scotland, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1912.


Fleming, David Hay, The Reformation in Scotland: Causes, Characteristics, Consequences, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1910.


Fleming, D. Hay, The Scottish Reformation, Edinburgh: Scottish Reformation, 1926.


Fleming, David Hay, The Story of the Scottish Covenants in Outline, Edinburgh: Oliphant, Anderson, 1904.


Fleming, J.R., History of the Church in Scotland, 1843-1929. Vol.1, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1927.


Fleming, J.R., A History of the Church in Scotland, 1843-1929. Vol.2, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1927.


Hagenauer, F.A., Doctrinal Standards and the Angus Case, Melbourne: 1933.


Henderson, G.D., Heritage: A Study of the Disruption. 2nd Ed., Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1943.


Henderson, G.D., Religious Life in Seventeenth Century Scotland, Cambridge: C.U.P., 1937.


Henderson, G.D., The Church of Scotland: A Short History, Edinburgh: Church Scotland Youth, 1939.


MacDonald, Aeneas, One Hundred Years of Presbyterianism in Victoria, Melbourne: Robertson & Mullens, 1937.


McPheat, W. Scott, John Flynn: Apostle to the Inland, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1963.


Miller, Robert Strang, The Romance of Australian Presbyterian Missions, Melbourne: John Paton Fellowship, 1978.


Mitchell, Alexander F., The Scottish Reformation, Edinburgh: Wm. Blackwood & Sons, 1899.


Moffatt, James, 1870-1944, The Presbyterian Churches, London: Methuen, 1928.


Ogilvie, J.N., The Presbyterian Churches: Their Place and Power in Modern Christendom, Edinburgh: R. & R. Clark, 1896.


Reid, George R.S., Presbyterian Pioneers in Australia, Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1959.


Ross, C. Stuart, Colonization and Church Work in Victoria, Melbourne: Melville, Mullen, Slade, 1891.


Ross, C. Stuart, The Scottish Church in Victoria 1851-1901, Melbourne: Hutchinson, 1901.


Rumble, Rev. Dr., Dr Angus-or Christ, Sydney: E.J. Dyer, 1934.


Scorgie, Glen G., A Call for Continuity: The Theological Contribution of James Orr, Macon, GA.: Mercer Univ. Press, 1988.


Sell, Alan P.F., Defending and Declaring the Faith: Some Scottish Examples 1860-1920, Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1987. Chs 7, 9.


Shaw, Duncan, The General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland, 1560-1600, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1964.


Shaw, Duncan, John Knox and Mary, Queen of Scots, Edinburgh: St. Andrew Press, 1975.


Shaw, Duncan (ed.), Reformation and Revolution, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1967.


Stewart, D. Macrae, Growth in Fifty Years, 1859-1909: Presbyterian Church of Victoria, Melbourne: General Assembly, n.d.


Swanton, Robert, Our Heritage and Destiny, Hawthorn: PCV, 1975.


Thomas, Bob, The Crisis of ’77, Box Hill North, Victoria: PTC Media, 2004.


Wright, David F., ‘ ‘The Common Buke of the Kirke’: The Bible in the Scottish Reformation’, The Bible in Scottish Life and Literature, ed. Wright, David F., Edinburgh: St. Andrew Press, 1988, 155-178.