Cyril Young Memorial Chapel Association Inc

The Cyril Young Memorial Chapel Association Inc now formally exists with Office Bearers elected and a membership keen to start as soon as feasible towards its goal of restoring the Chapel and providing for its ongoing stewardship.  

Next steps include:

  • Establishing relationships with the Shire, YMCA, RSL and former campers.

  • Looking at funding opportunities.

Background

  Buxton Chapel viewed from its entrance towards the stone lectern

Buxton Chapel viewed from its entrance towards the stone lectern


The existence of an open air chapel in Buxton Reserve, at the bottom of Marine Parade, is a largely unknown aspect of Shoreham. 

  • The chapel was built in the 1940s and for some years was an integral part of life at the YMCA Buxton Camp. It serves as a memorial to two young men associated with the camp who were killed on service during World War II.  The Cyril Young Memorial Chapel (as it was formally dedicated) is now listed on the Victorian War Heritage Inventory.  Please see Heritage, Victoria's web-site for further information.

  • Buxton Camp no longer exists.  Part of its land is now the Buxton Reserve under the management of the Mornington Peninsula Shire (MPS) and the remainder, including the camp buildings, is in private hands.  However, most of the remains of the open air chapel exist on the Reserve for the public to visit.

  • A small part of the Chapel is located on private land. On the 11th July 2017, the MPS published a Notice of Intention to Sell Land on which the Buxton Chapel sits. After protests and submissions from the Young family, the Shoreham Community Association (SCA), the Flinders District Historical Society (FDHS) and many others, the proposed sale was eventually rescinded.

  • Council voted unanimously on Tuesday 13th February, 2018 to rescind the sale and acquire the small portion of the chapel in private hands instead. This will enable all of the Chapel to be integrated within Buxton Reserve.

Chapel History

  Lectern dedication to Ivan Young

Lectern dedication to Ivan Young


  • The chapel formed part of the facilities at the former YMCA Camp Buxton that was built around 1925, on land provided by the Buxton family. The Chapel was built in memory of Cyril Young, Chairman of the Camp Buxton Committee in 1939 and who died on active service in 1945. However, the still extant plaque on what remains of the lectern is dedicated to the memory of Ivan Charles Young, brother of Cyril, who died on service in 1942.

  Chapel in the 1990s showing its dedication to Cyril Young (plaque and seats since removed)

Chapel in the 1990s showing its dedication to Cyril Young (plaque and seats since removed)

  • In the 1990s, much of the Camp Buxton land was subdivided for housing with some land being added to the Buxton Reserve owned by the Shire. The buildings forming the old Camp Buxton were sold, along with associated land, into private ownership.

  • Over the years the chapel seats have disappeared and the stonework has deteriorated but the chapel still remains a beautiful memorial not only to the two Young brothers but to Camp Buxton itself.

  • Unfortunately, in the 1990s, when boundaries were surveyed for sub-division, the position of the chapel was not taken into account. This omission effectively placed about one third of the chapel land within the boundary of No 39 Marine Parade. The other two-thirds were left within Buxton Reserve. This anomaly is compounded by the fact that the part of the chapel on private land has a heritage overlay whilst the remainder on the public reserve does not.

  • Ann Renkin, from the Flinders District Historical Society, provides a more detailed history of the chapel here.

Further Information

Open Air Chapel listed on the Victorian War Heritage Inventory

  • The Cyril Young Memorial Chapel is now listed on the Victorian War Heritage Inventory.  Please see Heritage, Victoria's web-site for further information.

Young Family Web-site

  • The Young family has created a web-site in honour of their relatives which contains further information about Cyril and Ivan Young's war service and also interesting photos and stories about Camp Buxton in particular.  Please click here to visit it.

Cyril Young Memorial Chapel Association Inc

  • Please e-mail CYMCA President Bill Genat or phone him on 5989 8179.