On the evening of Wednesday 15 November 1893 the Scottish Reverend John Paterson (1860-1949) was ordained into St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Parramatta as the new minister. Back then, this Scot’s church was still located on the present 215-217 Church Street, Parramatta – the former Government Savings Bank of New South Wales (built in 1927).
Around 1895-1897, a new manse was built for Reverend Paterson and his family. Designed by local architect Francis Ernest Stowe (1867-1936) of Marsden Street, Parramatta, this two storey Federation Queen Anne revival style home still stands today at 41 Hunter Street, corner Marsden Street, Parramatta. It sits beside the ‘Great Western’ railway line (completed in 1860) and is in close proximity to St John’s Anglican Cathedral, the Town hall and Centenary Square.
The land in which this house was built on was first granted by the Crown on 12 October 1858 to Reverend James Coutts, James Urquhart and Thomas Harris, trustees of the Church of Scotland. At one time, caterer Thomas Hill (1839-1909) and his family appear to have resided there when the trustees petitioned to sell the Hunter-street manse to go abroad in 1892.
Reverend Paterson served the local community and lived in the district for 43 years. He was instrumental in the development of the new St. Andrew’s Church being moved to larger premises at 2 Phillip Street, corner O’Connell Street, Parramatta from Church Street. This Scot’s church was built in 1926 and currently trades as the Bavarian Bier Cafe. It is also part the 2-10 Phillip Street mixed use development project which may contain Parramatta’s first five star hotel. He was a director at Burnside Homes and was present when the swimming pool was installed at Burnside.
In its prime, “The Manse” as it was, included a “lawn tennis court” 
World War One
During World War One, Reverend Paterson served as a Military Chaplain in 1915, while his 3 sons William Sydney, Fairlie Alexander and his twin Albert Victor all enlisted and took part in active duty overseas.
Sapper William Sydney Paterson (service number 3889) was the eldest son (born 1895). At 21, this young architect enlisted on 4 December 1916 with the 1 Pioneer Battalion, 10 Reinforcements. He had previously been serving in the 20 Infantry at home. He was made Acting Sergeant during the voyage aboard HMAT Anchises A68 from Sydney on 24 January 1917. Later he was promoted to Sappers and served in the 12 Field Company, Australian Engineers. Sadly William was killed in action in France on 5 April 1918, aged 22.
Private later Acting Corporal Albert Victor Paterson (service number 2070) and his twin brother Private, later Acting Corporal Fairlie Alexander Paterson (service number 2071) were both 18-year-old clerks (born 1897) when they enlisted on 17 November 1915. Having previously served in the 20 Infantry, they embarked on 18 February 1916 with as part of the 3 Reinforcements of the 8 Infantry Brigade, 31 Infantry Battalion from Melbourne, Victoria aboard the HMAT Ballarat A70. Albert later served as Lance Corporal of the 47 Australian Infantry Battalion and Fairlie was Second Lieutenant of the same battalion. Albert was recommended an honour/award on 11 September 1916 and subsequently received a Military Medal. Both brothers returned to Australia on 23 July 1919.
Reverend Paterson retired in July 1931. In his retirement, he and his wife Jessie Jane (d.1957) relocated to live with their daughter Margaret Hope Figtree (1899-1986) and son-in-law Dr. Edward R. Figtree in Hurstville.
The manse remained in possession of the Presbyterian Church (NSW) Property Trust until it was subdivided again in 1956. Over the years, this local heritage property has been the medical practice of Dr. Peter Cedric Phillips Waugh (1917-1995), a third generation medical practitioner serving in Parramatta after his participation in World War Two as a medical officer with the Australian Imperial Forces during the New Guinea campaign. Currently, it is operating as a solicitor’s office.
Anne Tsang, Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2019
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