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St Matthew's Anglican Church
St Matthew's Anglican Church 31-12-2017 - John Huth, Wilston, Brisbane
St Matthew's Anglican Church 31-12-2017 - John Huth, Wilston, Brisbane

St Matthew's Anglican Church

Mitchelton, QLD 4053

Church Information

Church Name: St Matthew's Anglican Church
Church Previous Name: -
Denomination: Anglican Church of Australia
Street Address: 24 Church Rd, Mitchelton QLD 4053, Australia
Suburb: Mitchelton
State: QLD
Postcode: 4053
Foundation Stone Laid: 23-09-1867
Foundation Stone Notes: 

The Foundation Stone was laid by Sir George Ferguson Bowen, the first Governor of Queensland on 23/9/1867. The location of the foundation stone is not known.

A plaque records: The Queensland Women's - Historical Association - affixed this plaque 24th Sept. 1961 - in memory of - Frances Mary Ridler, Hon Life Member, - who died 9th Sept. 1959. Aged 97. - She remembered the setting of - The Foundation Stone of this church - by Queensland's First Governor, Sir George Ferguson Bowen, - on 23rd Sept. 1867 - Her parents, John and Mary Nicholson, - helped to build it - this suburb was named after - Groveley Wood in the village of - Barford St Martin - Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, - from whence they came.

A stone tablet  records: St Matthew's Church Groveley - Roll of Honour - The Great War 1914 ~ 1918 - 'For that the people offered themselves - willingly, bless ye the Lord'. Judges 5:2. ( A list of 17 names follows) (A second small plaque below the main one records 2 more names).

A stone tablet records: In loving memory - of - Pte Harry Healey - 2nd Pioneers - who fell at Bullecourt - May 3rd 1917 - Aged 191/2 years - Faithful unto death.

Inscription on the Saint Matthew window records: I have fought the good fioght - I have finished my course - I have kept the faith ~ 2 Timothy 4:7 - In remembrance of past parishioners - Christmas 1981.

A plaque records: This Lych-Gate was built in memory of - Richard Henry Pickering - who was for many years - a faithful trustee of this church. - This brick from the villiage church - at Grovely in Wiltshire was brought - from England by Richard Henry Pickering.

Date Opened: unknown
Date Closed: unknown
Email: admin@churchesaustralia.org


St Matthew's Anglican Church celebrated its 150th anniversary on 17/9/2017. It was celebrated with a service involving the Archbishop of Brisbane, Phillip Aspinall.

St Matthew's began in 1864 when John and Mary Nicholson...and John's brother, William migrated to Australia...

That same year, John and Mary purchased land in Church Road where Grovely Lodge was erected with regular worship held in the large room...

When it was decided by the settlers that they should have a church of their own, the Nicholson brothers permitted the construction of the church on their property, on the condition that the grounds remained in their possession...

John and Mary Nicholson are buried in the grounds of St Matthew's along with many of those present at the laying of the Foundation Stone. (See https://anglicanchurchsq.org.au/wp-content/themes/acsq-theme/focus/1505713418/focus.pdf for fuller story)

A small graveyard is attached to the church. More historical information/photographs of the church/congregation are invited. Photographs uploaded 26/2/2018.

Last Updated: Thursday 28th May, 2020