Brisbane places of worship : pre 1940 : a heritage study. Volume 1

Brisbane (Qld.). Council. Heritage Unit Brisbane places of worship : pre 1940 : a heritage study. Volume 1. Brisbane: Heritage Unit, Department of Development and Planning, Brisbane City Council, 1996.

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Author Brisbane (Qld.). Council. Heritage Unit
Title Brisbane places of worship : pre 1940 : a heritage study. Volume 1
Place of Publication Brisbane
Publisher Heritage Unit, Department of Development and Planning, Brisbane City Council
Publication year 1996
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Language eng
Total number of pages 221
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In 1991 the Heritage Unit undertok a survey of suburban places of worship built prior to 1940 in Brisbane. This survey identified approximately 180 places of worship which were considered worthy of further research. After preliminary historical research and architectural inspections seventy buildings were selected as having sufficient architectural merit to meet at least one of the criteria for local heritage significance. Some have since been destroyed or found not to warrant inclusion, and other places have been discovered in subsequent surveys. Architectural descriptions of the selected places of worship were funded by the Queensland Heritage Grants Program of 1992, with the final study to be forwarded to the Department of Environment. Heritage studies associated with Development Control Plans in Fortitude Valley and South Brisbane identified additional significant places of worship in those areas. 

The study is solely concerned with built structures which are used or have been used as places of worship. Associated structures adjacent to the places of worship have been noted. In Brisbane, as in other parts of the country, religious bodies are faced with the problem of an increasing number of redundan churches. They face similar financial and technical problems to owners of other historic buildings. However these problems are magnified by the sheer numbers of buildings and the proportion of each denomination's assets which the churches (and their sites) represent; and by the expense of maintaining and restoring the generally elaborate buildings which diverts resources from other worthwhile and urgent activities. Almost all places of worship are local landmarks, prized by local residents and by present and former members of the congregation. Many are very fine buildings, representing a major financial commitment by their past congregations. The purpose of this study then is an initial survey to set priorities for conservation so that they are clear to both planners and owners, and to clearly state the reasons for the preservation o f particular buildings. 

The Aboriginal religious experience stands in stark contrast to the forms and structures which characterise generally accepted definitions of religion. Traditional Aboriginal culture and identity focuses on territories, ceremonies, and stories centred around the powers of birth, life and death where locations rather than structures are of sacred importance. Aboriginal places of worship thus form no part of this study. 

This study of Brisbane Places of Worship comprises historical reports and architectural descriptions of significant places of worship in the city and suburbs of Brisbane. To ensure a comprehensive coverage of Brisbane the study includes city and suburban places of worship which are already listed on the Queensland Heritage Register. The study identifies pre World War Two places of worship which have citywide and local significance as assessed under local heritage criteria adapted by the Heritage Unit from the South Australian Development Act of 1993.
Keyword Church architecture -- Queensland -- Brisbane
Church buildings -- Queensland -- Brisbane
Historical buildings -- Queensland -- Brisbane
Brisbane (Qld.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Access kindly organised by Dr Carmel Black, Brisbane City Council.

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