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HISTORY

St Thomas' is a heritage listed church in the Gothic Revival architecture designed by Francis D G Stanley and built in 1877 by Henry Pears. This lovely little church has remarkable aesthetic value with strong landmark qualities; it is a well composed building situated on a prominent site at the intersection of High and Jephson Streets, Toowong.

The building houses well-crafted items including internal joinery, particularly the altar, pulpit, lectern and internal panelling; stained and coloured glass windows of William Bustard and a sandstone font. The church houses a substantial pipe organ that is played weekly and is much loved by the congregation.

St Thomas' has played its part in the culture and history of Toowong and in the early days of Queensland. There are many monuments to historical figures of Queensland and to those who sacrificed their lives fighting for our liberty.

During 2016 the church celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Toowong Parish's foundation. The original church was built in 1866 in Curlew Street, but was destroyed by white ants and replaced with the current brick and stone building in 1877.

Many of the founders of Brisbane are remembered at St Thomas' in the memorial plagues and stones on the inside walls of the Church. 2017 is the 140th anniversary of the building of this lovely church.

These web pages celebrate over 100 years of Anglican ministry in the area of Toowong at St Thomas' the Apostle Anglican Church. They include a photo gallery of some of the major events in the life and witness of the parish, a short history of St Thomas', and oral histories of memorable experiences.

•    Clergy of the parish

St Thomas' members (past and present) and others are invited to forward appropriate photographs and other memorabilia for inclusion in these history web pages. Please contact the Office.


Sites of Historic Interest to St Thomas'

Queensland History
Founded in 1913 as a cultural organisation which exists for the benefit of its members and the community, the objects of the Society are to promote interest in and advance the study of Queensland history; broaden opportunities for the practice and writing of history; preserve documents and manuscripts relating to Queensland history; and preserve and display artefacts illustrating Queensland colonial history.

The Brisbane General Cemetery at Toowong, established in 1866 and formally opened in 1875, is Queensland's largest cemetery. It is important in demonstrating the evolution of Queensland history, as it provides evidence, through the division of its portions and the headstones and memorials they contain, of the history and the demography of Brisbane and the diversity of its cultural, religious and ethnic groups and districts.


Brisbane's Living Heritage Network
lists St Thomas' Anglican Church, Toowong for its place in Brisbane's Inner City Heritage


The Brisbane History Group
was formed in February 1981 to encourage and promote the study of Brisbane's history.


The links above are to external sites. St Thomas' is not responsible for the contents of the linked sites.

 

 


WORSHIP

Each Sunday8.30am Eucharist
Each Wednesday5.30pm Eucharist

These are our main regular services. For more details on these and other services during the week, please go to our Worship page.


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