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Mowbraytown Presbyterian Church Group east brisbane

Mowbraytown Presbyterian Church Group  building and rooftop in East Brisbane.

This little cluster of stand out weatherboard buildings are both an ode to the father of Presbyterianism in Brisbane, the Scottish immigrant Reverend Thomas Mowbray, and a fine architectural example of the evolving church movement in the late 19th century.

Designed by architect AB Wilson in a style influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, the church was built in 1885 and the small Sunday School hall behind it, which was later a kindergarten, was built in 1888. The larger Sunday School hall beside it and facing Mowbray Tce was also designed by Wilson but not built until 1916.

Reverend Mowbray, who set up the first Presbyterian church in Grey St South Brisbane in 1851, died at 55 years of age, well before the church came into being, with the land on which it was built donated by his widow Williamina from their subdivided original estate. Their nine children went on to be active congregational members for many years and as a further legacy there is a charming little park further up the road which is named after his wife.

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