British (and its colonial) church architecture in the late 1800s had by and large followed the taste for the Gothic Revival style. A new trend, however, was set by the consecration of Westminster Cathedral in 1905 which evoked early Christianity with its Byzantine design. Influenced, perhaps, by this trend St Andrew's is an excellent example of Romanesque-Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture albeit in red brick rather than stone.
The church was designed by architect George D Payne (previously of the Queensland PWD who also designed the Customs House in Townsville using brick to a Romanesque design - see my photo at ). Unlike Gothic churches, it is sparsely detailed and shorn of ornamentation. When unveiled, the architecture was not to everyone's liking. The Presbyterian church newsletter 'The Messenger' commented that, “there is no denying that St Andrew’s is unique as far as the Commonwealth is concerned, it has no prototype that we know”.
Due to falling numbers, the Presbyterian Church in Australia (which owed its existence to Scottish immigrants) merged with the Methodists and Congregationalists in 1977 to form the Uniting Church. The church is now known as St Andrew's Uniting Church.
Thank you for the information. Avery nice simple but strong looking church.
Excuse me BETTY, just today I saw your comment. Thank you and hug from Brazil.
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Photo taken in Brisbane QLD, Australia
Misplaced? Suggest new location