The Peoples Place is a community project, a public venue and hub for various faith and community groups in Flemington, Melbourne.

We care for some of the area oldest buildings which continue to be used for their original purpose in our culturally and socially diverse, heritage area.

We were started by Fred ‘Dad’ Mathews in 1886 who put an advertisement in the local paper calling for ‘a cause in our neighbourhood’

From his humble lounge room to our current buildings which were to become known as Newmarket Baptist Church,  the ‘cause’ today remains the same and as different as the locality itself.

After 130 years of local engagement with an emphasis of youth and families, food and multiculturalism, the church was reshaped as a community centre and today hosts many different groups and activities important for the health and wellbeing of our neighbourhood.

The Food Hall, Meeting Room and Sanctuary spaces are available for community use and hire as a means of continuing old Fred’s cause…

Weekly Groups

  • The Flemington People’s Pantry: Multicultural Food Swap
  • ‘See’ Employment Education Program by WCIG Western Community Initiatives Group
  • No Lights No Lycra: Community Dancing
  • Warplings: Role-play and Table Gaming
  • ‘Tiny Tunes’ Playgroup
  • ‘Peoples Prayers’ A Simple Christian Prayer Gathering 
  • Hope Romanian Baptist Church


Kids Parties, Weddings, Meetings and local events such as ‘Beer and Carols’ at the Quiet Man Irish Pub

We are a missional /faith community of

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We are custodians of the buildings on behalf of 



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