This little stone chapel is the oldest church in Queensland still standing today. It was designed by the architect AWN Pugin, in the Gothic revival style. It was completed in 1850 and was used as a church up until the St Stephen's Cathedral opened next to it in 1874. The church was then briefly used as a school room, then fell into disrepair. It was painstakingly restored and reopened in 1999. It is now once again used as a place of worship for Liturgies and groups that require a smaller space than the Cathedral.
In addition to a beautiful stained glass window depicting the story of St Stephen, the chapel also features a striking statue of St Mary Mackillop, who prayed and worshipped in the building during her lifetime. The statue is carved from camphor laurel wood which gives the space a very pleasant smell.
Tours of the Cathedral and the Chapel are conducted on Sundays at 9am, 11am and 1pm (after Mass) and on Wednesdays at 10.30am (after Mass). Tours are conducted by volunteer guides with a passion for architecture and the history of Brisbane.
St Stephens Cathedral has been on that site many, many years before 1974. I went to school at St Stephens in 1965 and my mother went to school there many many years before me and the Cathedral was there then and it had been for many years.