Brisbane – city of historic churches?

It seems that 2023 – 2024 hold significant milestones for some of Brisbane’s most loved and celebrated churches, which also happen to be heritage-listed, Brisbane Open House participants in years past.

Milton Anglican Parish – celebrating 150 years

On Sunday 10 September the Milton Anglican Parish celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Anglican ministry in Milton with a special service with Holy Communion, followed by morning tea, and an illustrated talk by Dr Hilda Maclean. Also on display were historic photographs.

For further information about the Milton Anglican Parish visit their website.

Cathedral of St Stephen – 150 years in 2024

The first church was opened with a congregation of 60 families in 1850 and it became the first permanent church in Queensland, after separation from New South Wales.

The present Cathedral nave was finished in 1874 after eleven years, and the first Mass was celebrated on 17th May 1874.

In 2024 the Cathedral will celebrate the 150th Anniversary, however with such a rich history, the Archbishop launched a year-long celebration for the Opening and Blessing of the cathedral, with the celebrations and commemorations kicking off May 2023.

David Todd, the Co-ordinator for the 150th Anniversary calendar of events said “St Stephen’s Cathedral is having its biggest year yet as we are now in the midst of a year of celebrations, including a series of concerts and special events, as we approach our 150th Anniversary in May 2024.” 

For further information about the Cathedral of St Stephen and the calendar of events for their 150th Anniversary visit their website. 

Tingalpa Pioneers’ Chapel and Cemetery – 155 years

Aka “The Bush Chapel” and Cemetery, was built in 1868. In 1885 it was completely ruined by a severe storm and rebuilt using recovered materials Over time, as other areas were established, Tingalpa’s population slowly declined, along with attendances at the church.

In 1996 the church was decommissioned and it was stripped for demolition. Heritage listing saved it from destruction.

Saturday 7th October, the Chapel celebrates its 155th Decoration Day with a host of activities including free giveaways, live music, history speeches, food trucks and more. It presents a great opportunity to learn about the Pioneers of Brisbane.

Ray Pini of Tingalpa Pioneers’ Chapel & Cemetery said of the event, “We are so excited to celebrate this fantastic milestone and can’t wait to share the unique history and stories of our Chapel with you. Come and learn about our heritage, visit community stalls and enjoy the free entertainment from 9am – 12 noon – all welcome!”

For further information about Tingalpa Pioneers’ Chapel and Cemetery and the Decoration Day visit their website.

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