South Brisbane, QLD - St Mary's Catholic

Year Built: 1893

Denomination: Roman Catholic

Saint: Mary

Address: 20 Merivale Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, 4101

Architect: Simkin & Ibler

Traditional Owners: Turrbal people

Last Updated: 07/09/2022

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History and Architecture:

The Church was the second Catholic Church to be built in South Brisbane and was built adjacent to the first church, a small wooden chapel erected in 1865. The chapel was expanded in 1868 when two aisles were added almost doubling its size. The Architect was Simkin & Ibler and the construction period was between 1892–1929.

At the time of its opening on the 2nd July 1893 construction of the church was not finalised. The proposed tower, transepts and chancel were never built and it was not until 1929 a permanent sanctuary was added to the eastern end of the church to the design of architects Cavanagh and Cavanagh. The former Presbytery (now parish house), built at about the same time as the church, was completed by February 1893.

Cardinal Moran laid the foundation stone of the new church on the 25th September 1892 in a ceremony attended by Archbishop Dunne, Archbishop Carr and other high-ranking clergy. Blessed and opened by Archbishop Dunne on 2nd July 1893, St Mary's cost £2,150 to build. Despite the economic crisis and devastating floods of the early 1890s £1473 had already been raised for the project and a further £400 was collected at the opening.


There are currently no clergy recorded for this church. Submissions are welcomed.


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1. Queensland Heritage Register. Click here for full history.