St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point

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St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point
St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, West Front (2009-01-29).JPG
St Mary's Anglican Church, West Front, 2009
Location433, 447 & 449 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates27°28′29″S 153°02′06″E / 27.4747°S 153.0351°E / -27.4747; 153.0351Coordinates: 27°28′29″S 153°02′06″E / 27.4747°S 153.0351°E / -27.4747; 153.0351
Design period1870s - 1890s (late 19th century)
Built1873
ArchitectRichard George Suter
Official name: St Marys Anglican Church
Typestate heritage (built)
Designated21 October 1992
Reference no.600244
Significant period1873, 1879, 1889, 1892-93, 1901, 1931 (fabric)
Significant componentsstained glass window/s, gate - entrance, church, trees/plantings, furniture/fittings, hall, wall/s, memorial/monument, residential accommodation - rectory, pipe organ, tower - bell / belfry
BuildersAlfred Grant
St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point is located in Queensland
St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point
Location of St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point in Queensland
St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point is located in Australia
St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point
St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point (Australia)

St Mary's Anglican Church, often called now St Mary's-on-the-Cliffs, is a heritage-listed churchyard at 433, 447 & 449 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Richard George Suter and built in 1873 by Alfred Grant. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.[1] Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park was constructed to the church's south in 2010 and a gateway allows park users to visit the church's grounds.

History[edit]

The Church of St Mary's, Kangaroo Point was built in 1873 by Alfred Grant to a design by diocesan architect Richard G Suter. It replaced a timber structure built in 1849 on land closer to the river. In 1892 a cyclone caused considerable damage to the church's roof and bellcote. Stone structures on the northern external aspect of the chancel indicate that the building is incomplete and a vestry or bell tower may have been intended for that site.[1]

The pipe organ is the oldest in Queensland, dating from the early nineteenth century and built by H.C. Lincoln (1789-1864). It was imported from a London church in 1876 and further stops were added in the 1961 by the Brisbane firm Whitehouse & Brothers. It is now maintained by Pierce Pipe Organs and plans are afoot for its complete restoration at some future date.[1]

The church hall was built in 1879 but has been substantially modernised. The rectory, designed by diocesan architect John Hingeston Buckeridge, was completed in 1889.[1]

St Mary's was patronized by the governors when they resided at Old Government House. It has always been the naval chapel in Queensland and was once connected by stairs with the Naval Stores below the quarry face. The Warriors' Chapel, dedicated in 1950, contains a memorial to those who died on HMAS Voyager in 1964. There are also a number of naval commemorative plaques and monuments in the church gardens.[1]

Memorial belltower for Rev. Maitland Woods, 2016
Memorial stone to Rev. Maitland Woods, 2016

Following the death in 1926 of former rector and World War I army chaplain, the Reverend William Maitland Woods, a bell tower (separate to the church building) was erected to his memory. The belltower is dedicated to Woods on a plaque and by inscriptions engraved on the bells.[2]

The Warriors' Chapel, dedicated in 1950, contains a memorial to those who died on HMAS Voyager in 1964. There are also a number of naval commemorative plaques and monuments in the church gardens.[1]

Description[edit]

St Mary's is a neo-Gothic style church built on a prominent riverside site above the Kangaroo Point quarries. Constructed of Brisbane tuff or porphyry, it is cruciform in shape, but with shallow transepts and a faceted sanctuary bay. The gable roof, originally timber shingled, is now in ribbed galvanized iron. It is surmounted by a small stone bellcote at the front gable.[1]

In the interior, the nave is unlined, and timber trusses, resting on small masonry pillars, support the roof. The sanctuary is lined with plaster and its ceiling features three paintings by the noted artist R. Godfrey Rivers.[1]

The hall is a timber structure on concrete stumps. Cruciform in shape with a proscenium stage, it has a gabled corrugated iron roof surmounted by a central ventilation lantern.[1]

The rectory is a large single-storey brick residence with verandahs on three sides. It stands on brick piers with honeycomb infill. Entry is through a gabled frontispiece. The verandah has timber posts and balusters. A number of bays on the rear verandah add to the complexity of the corrugated roof which is a series of hips and gables.[1]

Heritage listing[edit]

St Mary's Anglican Church was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992 having satisfied the following criteria:[1]

The place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland's history.

St Mary's Anglican Church is significant as having always been the naval chapel in Queensland.

St Mary's Anglican Church contains the oldest pipe organ in Queensland and the religious art of Godfrey Rivers.[1]

The place demonstrates rare, uncommon or endangered aspects of Queensland's cultural heritage.

St Mary's Anglican Church is an early and intact religious precinct of church, hall and rectory and is one of the only two surviving stone churches designed by RG Suter.[1]

The place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places.

St Marys Anglican Church is an early and intact religious precinct of church, hall and rectory and is one of the only two surviving stone churches designed by RG Suter.[1]

The place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

The building remains as an historical and visual landmark in Kangaroo Point.[1]

The place has a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons.

St Mary's Anglican Church is significant as having always been the naval chapel in Queensland.[1]

The place has a special association with the life or work of a particular person, group or organisation of importance in Queensland's history.

St Mary's Anglican Church is an early and intact religious precinct of church, hall and rectory and is one of the only two surviving stone churches designed by RG Suter.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "St Mary's Anglican Church (entry 600244)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Reverend W. Maitland Woods". Monument Australia. Retrieved 10 February 2016.

Attribution[edit]

CC-BY-icon-80x15.png This Wikipedia article incorporates text from "The Queensland heritage register" published by the State of Queensland under CC-BY 3.0 AU licence (accessed on 7 July 2014, archived on 8 October 2014). The geo-coordinates were computed from the "Queensland heritage register boundaries" published by the State of Queensland under CC-BY 3.0 AU licence (accessed on 5 September 2014, archived on 15 October 2014).

Further reading[edit]

  • Maitland Woods Memorial Records, 1927-1929, 1927, The papers consist of a report and balance sheet, 1929, of the Maitland Woods Memorial Committee; newspaper cuttings and correspondence relating to the erection of the Maitland Woods Memorial at St Mary's Church, Kangaroo Point.

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