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Ipswich community launches campaign to raise $10m to restore historic churches

Fr Stephen Bliss standing inside the St Brigid's church

A BRISBANE parish priest has launched a campaign “relying on the generosity of people and the generosity of God” to raise millions of dollars needed to restore several unique, historic churches. Franciscan Father Stephen Bliss said the community of Ipswich was rallying behind as he began the task of raising nearly $10 million dollars to repair and maintain two of ... Read More »

Indooroopilly church built in early 1960s wins major architecture award

Holy Family Church Indooroopilly

A SUBURBAN Brisbane Catholic Church described as “a freak of a building”, but also one of “unique beauty” has won the prestigious Enduring Architecture Award at the annual Queensland Architecture Awards. Holy Family Church, Indooroopilly designed by Brisbane architectural firm, Douglas and Barnes, was built in the early 1960s and is a rare example of modernist architecture in Brisbane. The ... Read More »

Catholic architect Sidney Rofe strives for ‘a transcendental experience’ in his designs

Sidney Rofe and family

“CONNECTION” is an ideal architect Sidney Rofe aims for professionally and personally. His mother Mary Rofe, however, remembers “a very quiet boy” who largely preferred his own company. Born in Maryborough, the eldest of eight, Sidney “was happiest with blocks … paper and something to draw with”, she said. The family lived in Townsville and later, Rockhampton, immersed and well ... Read More »

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