In 1837, an explorer found excellent grazing land in an area now known as Koonung Creek. Further south were gentle hills extending to a runnel known as Gardiner’s Creek.
It was in this vicinity that the City of Box Hill grew.
The Reporter (local newspaper) Friday, January 30, 1891 said:
"Residents of Box Hill were roused out of their lethargic state last Wednesday evening, when the Salvation Army head-quarters band, numbering some twenty-eight performers, marched through the principal streets of the township, playing some of their melodious airs . . ."
So it was then – and today the Army is still in town as a prominent community church serving the needs of the people of Box Hill; spiritually and practically. Our location, of course, has changed from Whitehorse Road in 1891 to our present location at 17-23 Nelson Road.
In 2004, a book was published containing some of the above excerpts titled "Where A City Grew" and can be obtained for $25 from the corps office in Nelson Road.
A brief history on The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army was founded more than 100 years ago and grew from the commitment of a minister who dedicated his life to helping the poor.
William Booth, founder and first General of the Salvation Army, initiated the work that soon spread around the world. more...