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St Brigid's Open House – 100 Years on the Hill

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by Tony Dyer (subscribe)
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St Brigid's Red Hill - Courtesy Kathy Duronio

On Sunday 12 October 2014 help celebrate the centenary of St Brigid's church and its inclusion in Brisbane's Open House Weekend at 78 Musgrave Road, Red Hill from 11.00am until 4.00pm.

Built in 1914, St Brigid's has turned 100 and wants you to share its amazing history and enjoy the ambience of its quite solitude and grand architecture. The Gothic structure overlooks the City from its prominent position on Musgrave Road, Red Hill. It was designed and built by the architect, Robin Dods who is often referred to as 'The Man Who Built Brisbane'.

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As Spectacular Inside as it is Grand Outside - Courtesy of Jubilee Parish

Listed by the National Trust, St Brigid's is part of the 5th annual Brisbane Open House weekend to be held on the 11 and 12 October, 2014. The weekend is a celebration of Brisbane's architecture and design and, as part of the celebrations, St Brigid's will provide free access, talks, tours, performances and family-friendly activities.

Please note: St Brigid's is only open on Sunday the 12 October, 2014 from 11.00am until 4.00pm.

Entry to St Brigid's is free and while there you can enjoy a range of interests from tours of the building inside and out by local tour guides. You will also have the opportunity to wander in and around the church while you soak up the atmosphere of this historic Gothic landmark. To add even more interest there will be an expansive display of historical documents, photographs, drawings and memoirs. However, the pièce de résistance will be the wonderful recitals of organ music taking place at different times throughout the day on the church's magnificent Whitehouse organ.

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After 100 Years the Bishop Still Makes an Impression on His Flock - Courtesy of Jubilee Parish

The guided tours of the church and its surrounds are set to commence at 12noon, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. These tours are conducted free of charge and will take you to every nook and cranny of the church and will explain the curiosities that always exist in buildings of this age. These tours are a unique opportunity for a rare insight into areas of the church which are not generally open to the public.

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St Brigid's - 100 Years on the Hill; Courtesy Kathy Duronio

While there you will have the opportunity to snap up some unique memorabilia such as, greeting cards featuring images of paintings of St Brigid's Church from various artists, books, including the popular, 'Maudie...put the Record On' by 95 years young author Rene Andronicos who grew up in Red Hill. You can also enjoy the display of artworks from the children of the parish primary schools depicting the beautiful stained glass windows of the church. These artworks will amaze with their faithful interpretation of the actual windows.

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The Children's Art Looks so Real - Courtesy of Jubilee Parish

To keep the tummy rumbles at bay there will be a sausage sizzle run in support of the St Vincent De Paul Society and a Coffee Van on the grounds to make sure you keep hydrated and caffeinated. To top the day off you could try the wine tastings at 11.00am, 12.00 noon, 3.00pm and 4.00pm.

An added bonus on the day is the opportunity for 39 lucky people to join in on a special bus tour of St Brigid's Church and the Old Bishopsbourne and Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Milton. This tour will be under the expert guidance of Dr Robert Riddel who is a Principal of Conrad Gargett Riddel, Adjunct Professor at The University of Queensland and Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture). He has spent four decades researching Robin Dods' work and authored 'Robin Dods: Selected Works'.

The tour will commence at 2.00pm at St Brigid's and, following the St Brigid's segment, tour members will travel by bus to the Old Bishopsbourne and Chapel at Milton. On completion of the Milton segment the bus will then return the group back to St Brigid's by about 4.00pm. The $10 tour ticket fee is to cover the cost of the hire bus only and tickets can be obtained here. Numbers must be limited so get in quick.

How many times have you driven out of the city and looked at this church and wondered how such a magnificent building came to be in the suburbs of Brisbane? Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to finally answer all your niggling questions and find out more about our beautiful city's past.
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Why? Because you've always wondered about the big church on the hill.
When: 12-10-2014 from 11.00am until 4.00pm
Phone: 3369 5351
Where: 78 Musgrave Road, Red Hill
Cost: Free - With $10 optional bus tour
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