Toowoomba, QLD - St Stephen's Uniting

Year Built: 1884

Denomination: Uniting

Saint: Stephen

Address: 51 Neil Street, Toowoomba, Queensland, 4350

Previous Denomination: Presbyterian

Architect: James Marks

Traditional Owners: Jagera, Giabal, Jarowair people

Last Updated: 23/04/2023

See Street View

Send your photos

Click on the image to view larger

History and Architecture:

The site of the present church in Neil Street was purchased in 1874, and the foundation stone of the new church building was laid in 1883. The building was opened in June 1884,1 having been designed by the prominent Toowoomba architect James Marks.

The Church was built of local basalt and sandstone and was completed in 1884. A fire in 1989 which resulted in the collapse of the roof, damaging the organ beyond repair. Re-construction was not completed until 1993.


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

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1863 - 1874 Rev William Lambie Nelson P
1875 - 1886 Rev William Rathgen P
1898 - 1920 Rev Joseph Lundie P
1920 - 1923 Rev W. Johnston P
1921 - 1946 Rev A. M. Martin Moderator
1924 - 1926 Rev James Crookston Moderator
1924 - 1935 Rev John Amour P
1935 - 1939 Rev D. S. Jones P
1939 - 1948 Rev N. H. Joughin P
2018 - Rev Dr Linda Hamell U
2022 ? - Mr Stan Klan U


Built by Estey Organ Co of Brattleboro, Vt., US. Installed in 1913. It had 2 manuals, 7 speaking stops, tubular-pneumatic action. Rebuilt & enlarged in 1966 by H.W. Jarrott of Brisbane. Additions in 1981 by Walter Emerson, Toowoomba. It had 2 manuals, 11 speaking stops, electro-pneumatic action. Partially destroyed by fire and removed in 1989.
For a full description and photos click here.


1. The Centenary History of the Presbyterian Church in Queensland. Richard Bardon
2. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.