The Origins of the Keswick Road Covenant
The site is a very special part of God’s creation. As the author, I can bear personal witness to a only small fraction of the innumerable blessings that have been realised through involvement with MTC events and other camps across the site over the years.
The relationship of the properties in Keswick Rd. North Tamborine is unique, complex and best viewed through the eyes of Christian trust and grace. This document is intended to bring clarity, understanding and unity regarding the Precinct’s history.
While care has been taken to assemble relevant facts, it is acknowledged that there is much that I don’t know about what has transpired on the mountain over very many years and there is still much for me to learn.
New information is welcomed via written submissions to enable any future versions of this document to represent history more accurately.
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The Hidden Spring
MTCC has a rich heritage of teaching God’s word and providing camping and convention experiences for Christians from all walks of life. We prioritise these three core convictions
Hearing God’s Word; Becoming like God’s Son; Serving God’s Mission
In 1959, the property on which the Mount Tamborine Conference Centre is now situated was a disused dairy farm. Funds raised from conventions along with generous donations by supporters enabled the purchase of the site. A few key men saw the potential of the property and envisioned a functioning Conference Centre to host the annual Keswick Easter Convention, which until that point had been running under a tent a few kilometres away at Eagle Heights.
After much hard work the property was finally cleared. An aircraft hangar was transported from Archerfield in Brisbane and re-purposed as the main Auditorium. For more than 50 years now, and with a number of extensions, it has serve as the site for the Easter Convention.
Long-time supporter and early Convention committee member, Gerhard Bargen, has written a fascinating historical booklet called The Hidden Spring.
We’ve kindly been given permission to post Chapter 1, below.