Salvation Army faith was brought to Murwillumbah in 1898, then a bustling cedar and culturally rich Murwillumbah town-The pioneer was a young lady; Ensign Rosetta White who used The Protestant Hall, The School of Arts and the street to share her faith.
With growing support for the faith in Tweed, In 1899 Cpt Ada McGrath and Blackburn visited Murwilumbah and then travelled downstream to Tumbulgum. Tradgedy struck when they did not make the weekly evening Tumbulgum service . The Skinner's ferry; 'The Uki' ran over the row boat carrying young Ada and three others. Ada and another female passenger drowned. However they left a community ready to fulfil her legacy.
A plan was made to build a Citadel. Hospital tents treating overflow of Spanish Flu infirmed was pitched on the site where The Citadel now stands.
The Citadel was built in 1920. The church was very active, particularly throughout WW2. The Sallies provided support through many means; including cups of tea, counselling, youth groups and by sharing their music with the band marching through the streets.
The Building was sold and decommisioned in 1991. The Salvation Army moved north to Banora Point where many more of the congregation resided. Since, the building has had many chapters; revived as an Antique Shop, then a residence-the owner holding dance and musical performances, then a haberdashery and intermittently as a venue for the Arts.
For 71 years Sunday mornings and many other occasions sounds of brass instruments, drums and tamborines filled Wollummbin St. In the spirit of the community of the original owners, The Citadel welcomes patrons and performers to find unity in music, arts and much more..
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