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Mrs. Jackie Butler  Ross Vasta MP
Phone: 3396 9472 Steve Minnikin  MP
Email: jackbutler@optusnet.com.au Cr Ryan Murphy
 
Rev’d Tom Sullivan

 

Membership fees: $10.00 per annum or $100.00 for Life Membership

 

1886 - Following the cyclone that flattened Christ Church, the hardy pioneers gathered up undamaged timbers and rebuilt it, a little smaller, and on a cement base as it stands today. Over the years the wooden roof shingles have been replaced with iron, and a Jarrah timber floor laid over the cement. The termite damaged belfry was replaced, and electric lighting installed 

By 1996 Christ church needed repairs, and had become redundant, so it was decommissioned by the Anglican Church and stripped for demolition.

The community objected, and the chapel was saved when heritage listed. Kept locked, a tempting target for termites and vandals, it looked doomed, until 2002 when the descendants of the pioneers, with others, formed The Friends of Tingalpa Cemetery Heritage Group Inc to raise funds and restore the chapel so it could be used for weddings and heritage studies for students and others.

With the assistance of generous grants, and much voluntary work, the Pioneers chapel is now ready for weddings and other celebrations.

This is a unique historic building, no longer an Anglican Church, so both civil and religious ceremonies may be held. Weddings may be organized through the Friends group, for a modest charge to assist with future maintenance.

Each year a Pioneers’ Memorial Celebration or Decoration Day is held in October, when graves are decorated with long-lasting flowers as tributes to the pioneers. A different pioneer family is featured each year, and descendants come from all over Australia to pay their respects. Just as the sacrifices of the ANZACs are now appreciated, we aim to engender the same respect for the sacrifices of our pioneers. 

The Coxen, Jeffries, Gode, Weedon, Stanton, Arnold, Longland and Duckett White, Robinson, Harman/Rice and Landridge families have been honoured and the family of Christopher and Jane Porter of Moorarrie House will be featured in 2013.

Membership is open to anyone keen to preserve the chapel and cemetery for future generations. Regular events are held, where descendants of the pioneers and others meet, and enjoy sharing family stories and learning what life was like in the new colony of Queensland.