Friday, June 12, 2009
Skywatch Friday: Old church
Australia is a very young country in terms of modern western population, although the land itself is ancient, and its indigenous inhabitants had a viable (if nomadic) lifestyle long before the white settlers arrived to start a penal colony for England.
In my city of Brisbane, this is one of the oldest buildings; the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Stephen. The original cathedral, the smaller building on the right, dates from the early Moreton Bay convict settlement days. It was constructed from 1848 to 1850.
The current cathedral, on the left, was built to replace it in 1863. The two buildings are in current use, even though they are now dwarfed by inner-city office towers and apartment buildings, and they are pictured here beneath the blue sky of a Brisbane winter morning.
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