Brisbane Open House
58 Rainbow St, Sandgate
Sunday : 10:15 AM to 3:30 PM
General access and guided tours

Villages of Brisbane SUN 21 AUG only

Built in 1927, St Margaret’s Anglican Church is the second church built on the site and demonstrates a tradition of Anglican worship on Rainbow Street, which dates from the 1890s. Designed by the noted architectural practice of Chambers and Ford, St Margaret’s is a unique example of an adaptation of the California bungalow style for ecclesiastical use.

Internally, St Margaret’s includes carvings by noted Brisbane sculptor Daphne Mayo within lunettes above two stained-glass windows. The original 1890s church was later converted to a rectory by 1909 and still resides on-site. The church complex also contains a monument built in honour of Robert Travers Atkin, a former member of the Queensland State legislature.

In the 1870s, Atkin regularly visited the site on which St Margaret’s was subsequently built in the 1890s. The monument, erected in 1872, is carved from sandstone and features a broken Corinthian column, symbolising a life cut short.

Tour Information

Frequency of Guided Tours: Guides are available as groups arrive

Tour Tips

Register at the building on arrival, Great for kids

Wheelchair access


Is Heritage listed


1927 for the present church and 1891 for the original church.
Chambers and Ford