Please note javascript is required for full website functionality.

Community & Business

11 February, 2022

Heavenly home changes hands

On 1st February 2022 the Church changed hands from Sue Dalton to Jeremy Tovey who owns the old Parsonage next door.

Jeremy Tovey and Sue Dalton pictured on the grounds of the former Methodist Church after the recent sale of this iconic Allora building.

Since buying the Parsonage Jeremy has also admired the old Church because of its uniqueness and it being a part of Allora’s rich history. 

With his skills and workmanship for renovations and beautifying the Parsonage he now wants to turn his talents to the Church. Sue was extremely happy that the building could be handed to someone who appreciates the history of the building.

Sue and John Dalton started visiting Allora in 1975 travelling from Toowong every weekend. Sue being a nurse and John an Architect. In 1977 they heard the Church was to be demolished to make way for units. They didn’t want this to happen so they outbid the potential buyers and became the owners that year. They loved the atmosphere and the lovely peaceful feel of the building. 

John, being an award winning architect, set to work making modifications with the help of Sue but they kept the original interior design of the church intact. Additions at the rear were built by John with the help of neighbour Tim Chester and included materials from the old Allora railway shed.

Sue had sheep and donkeys out the back and held meditation and sewing groups in the back room. John passed away in May 2007 but left a lasting legacy.

Jeremy said he sees this as a unique opportunity as it’s a local attraction and an important part of the town’s history.

Most Popular