Wednesday, May 5, 2010

St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Bulimba

(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The suburban church that I have photographed above has become quite a centre of attention recently.
The church is the Anglican church of St John the Baptist in the Brisbane suburb of Bulimba and the reason that it gets mentioned in the news is that a couple of the regular worshippers here are the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and his wife Therese Rein. There is often a swell of television cameras encircling the church and the nearby Riverbend Books and Teahouse (which on Sundays is apparently better known as K-Rudd Koffee Korner) hoping for a sound bite from the PM for their news bulletins. According to the sign at the front, this place has been Queensland Independent Bookshop of the year in six of the last seven years, and Australian Independent Bookshop of the year in 2006 and 2007 (see picture below - click for a larger view). No wonder the PM goes there!
(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

The church is a fairly old one - it was built in 1888 - and it is situated on the corner of Oxford St and Jamieson St, not far from the even older Uniting Church. The following photograph was taken shortly after the completion of the building, and prior to the building of the bell tower, which was not erected until 1915. Prior to the construction of this church, Anglicans firstly worshipped at Bulimba House, the home of local grazier David McConnel, and then at the little Christ Church at Tingalpa - we'll look at both of these later.
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #APO-017-01-0028)

The history of this parish and its building, including an interesting story about the bell, can be read at the church's web site.

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