Brisbane, QLD - St John's Anglican Cathedral

Year Built: 1909

Denomination: Anglican

Saint: John

Address: 373 Ann Stret, Brisbane, Queensland, 4000

Architect: John Loughborough Pearson

Traditional Owners: Turrbal people

Last Updated: 25/04/2023

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History and Architecture:

St John's Cathedral is unique in Australia as the completion of the building design was achieved through collaboration between clergy, stonemasons and architects over a period of almost 100 years, as with Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals in the Middle Ages and, more recently, 20th-century cathedrals such as Liverpool Cathedral in England.

In April 1889, John Loughborough Pearson's plans for the cathedral were approved for the original site bounded by George, Elizabeth and William Streets.

The Church is in cruciform form with a wide nave, double aisles, apse and ambulatory, short transepts about halfway along the length of the building and an apsidal side chapel on the north. The west front had towers close to the end of the nave. The upper part of the west wall was supported by a relieving arch, which continued the line of the interior cross arches. The towers had massive buttresses. Their strong vertical lines carried on into corner turrets set before pyramidal spires.

A plaque reads, " A.M.D.G. This stone commemorates with Thankfulness to Almighty God the State Governorship of Sir Henry Abel Smith KCMG, KCVO, DSO, LLD. 1958 - 1966 Placed by him on 6yh March 1966. His last Sunday in Queensland as Governor of the Stare".


These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1921 - Bishop Philip Charles Crick 1882 1937
1921 - 1927 Canon Harry Gradwell Honorary 1874 1955
1925 - 1931 Dean Francis de Witt Batty
1931 - 1932 Dean Horace Henry Dixon
1932 - 1952 Dean William Edward Colvile Barrett


The Main organ was built by Norman & Beard Ltd, London & Norwich in 1909 and installed in 1910 by B.B. Whitehouse & Co of Brisbane. The original specification of 1909 was drawn up by the first Organist and Master of the Choristers at St John’s Cathedral, Mr George Sampson. A full description can be read here.


1. Church website.
2. Wikipedia. A full history can be read here.