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September 2019



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I was hoping to take a photo of the local ANZAC Memorial, but it has been an insanely busy week and I haven't had a chance to get out there, so here's a photo I took a couple of years ago. We have precious little history here in Australia, so we greatly value what little we do have. Our local Council has a series of 'Heritage Trails' which highlight our early settlers and some rather out of the way and quite interesting local area history.  This is the plaque for the adorable little church down the road which is still in use, although I am sure the minister is glad that this is still a quite rural area and he only has a small congregation, as I don't think it would seat all that many people.

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And here's a shot of the church and cemetery.


Oh, that is a tiny church. But very beautiful and peaceful. It's funny you should say Australia has very little history, because I don't suppose the US has all that much (compared to Europe, for instance), either, but I think yours is fascinating. We got Puritans and you got convicts. No wonder Australia is so much more fun!
LOL I think you guys have about 200 years on us, but you're right, in comparison to Europe both countries are babies--although we both have indigenous history which does go back many thousands of years. Unfortunately there isn't a lot in the way of physical reminders of our Aboriginal history.

Some of our most wonderful buildings remaining from our first settlement days are convict built and the workmanship is incredible.
I think you go back as far in history in that spot as we do in Kansas.

I'm hoping that little church hasn't been affected by the floods.
No, the church is fine.

We had very little flooding out this way as we aren't part of the same catchment area as Brisbane/Lockyer Valley. We just had a little flooding in the very low areas and creeks/rivers on the Tuesday (11th), which went down rapidly as soon as the rain stopped. It was my son's birthday on the 10th and he'd had a couple of mates over for the day/night, as they both lived on the opposite side of the Caboolture River to us they ended up having to stay an extra night.
Lovely pictures - it's a real pioneer church, and looks so welcoming. I think Primitive Methodist churches in England from the same time are a bit forbidding (I don't know many, but the couple I've seen are very grey); this is a real contrast.
I don't know what colour (if any) it was originally painted, but when it was restored it was painted in 'Heritage colours'.

It has been in its current condition for as long as I have lived in this area, but I remember several years ago I was speaking to a lady who was part of the restoration committee and from what she was saying I gather it had fallen into a state of quite bad disrepair and wasn't being used. It's a very sweet little building and I'm so glad it has been restored and is once again being used by the local community.

The story about the regular monthly services really does bring home the sort of conditions our early settlers lived in...they were very brave men and women living in extremely harsh and isolated conditions.
What a wonderful wee chapel.
It is adorable, isn't it? Such a contrast to the next closest church which is a monstrosity of 'modern design' built somewhere around the late 70's early 80's.
What a lovely setting for the tiny chapel and cemetery. The chapel reminds me a little of ones I've seen in the midwest-- probably built about the same time and by similar groups.
probably built about the same time and by similar groups

LOL Probably! It's funny, if you take pretty much the same building and make it bigger you get most community halls around this area and you think nothing of them, but because it is so teeny it is simply adorable!