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Seamen's Chapel



The Church of England bought the former Union Bank of Australia, 1889, 4 High Street, cnr Cliff Street in 1930 to serve as the Flying Angel Mission to Seamen. I assume the Church built the small building next door for use as the Seamen's Chapel 1937-1960.

Both Chapel and Bank are now part of Notre Dame University, which planned in 2019 to convert the Chapel for use a gallery to show the work of architecture students and local artists, though it hasn't happened yet (2021).

Heritage Council:
The former chapel comprises a single storey painted brick building, with a low-pitched hipped tile roof and simple crenelation cornice. The west side of the fa├žade features a mitred hip roof and a brick inbuilt cross above the arched entrance with two tongue and groove timber doors with large exposed hinges. The facade also has three metal-framed arch windows.

References and Links

See also Rosa Henriques Smith, and her Sailor's Rest, which preceded the chapel, and the Flying Angel Club, which followed it.

Roel Loopers, 'Notre Dame creates art space in Chapel', freoview blog.

Garry Gillard | New: 7 July, 2017 | Now: 7 December, 2021