State heritage honours for Proserpine church
PROSERPINE’S St Paul’s Anglican Church has recently been entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.
Queensland Heritage Council (QHC) Chair, Professor Peter Coaldrake, said the church, completed in 1959, was one of a series of churches designed by renowned Cairns architect, Eddie Oribin.
“Oribin, who was born in Cairns in 1927, produced a range of innovative and unique buildings in far north Queensland between 1953 and 1973,” Professor Coaldrake said.
“Like all of Oribin’s churches, St Paul’s Anglican Church demonstrates the evolution of church architecture in Queensland in the post-WWII period when churches sought to become more relevant to modern society.
“Rather than copying styles from the past, architects experimented with combining traditional church elements, symbols and functions with new construction techniques, materials and forms.”
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell, said St Paul’s Anglican Church was a distinctive building of exceptional architectural quality.
“The church continues to be highly valued by the parish which has taken great care to preserve and maintain it,” Mr Powell said.
“My department has been working with the parish to assist with the future management of the property.”
At their meeting last week, the Queensland Heritage Council entered two other Oribin-designed properties—Oribin Studio in Cairns and St Paul’s Anglican Church in Proserpine—in the Queensland Heritage Register.
The Queensland Heritage Council is the State’s independent advisor on heritage matters and determines what places are entered in the Queensland Heritage Register. Places entered in the Heritage Register are considered of importance to Queensland’s history and are protected under heritage legislation.
HERITAGE LISTED: St Paul’s Anglican Church, on Proserpine’s Main Street, has recently been entered in the Queensland Heritage Register.