St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Brisbane

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St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral is a heritage-listed cathedral at 330-334B Vulture Street, Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Gregory Mechonoshin and Cavanagh and Cavanagh and built from 1935 to 1950s by B Robinson. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas was erected in 1935-1936. It was the first purpose-built Russian Orthodox church in Australia, and one of the earlier parishes established in the post-1917 Russian Diaspora, yet its construction came comparatively late in the history of Russian emigration to Queensland.
A trickle of Russian emigration to Queensland had been sustained through the 19th century, with numbers increasing substantially from the 1880s. These immigrants were popular with the Queensland government, assimilating rapidly. Most moved into rural occupations, and those who remained in Brisbane gained employment principally in the railways, meatworks and factories. By 1911, Russians comprised the fourth largest ethnic group in Brisbane, congregating in South Brisbane-Woolloongabba.
Queensland's largest intake of Russian immigrants took place in the years 1911-1914. Many were radicals and revolutionaries seeking asylum from tsarist political repression in the final chaotic years of the Russian Empire; considerable numbers were Jews escaping state-inspired pogroms. They had fled Russia via Siberia and Northern China, most making their way to Harbin, in Manchuria, then taking passage from the port of Dalian to Townsville or Brisbane, the first Australian ports of call.
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  • the first purpose built russian orthodox church in australia. built by white russian emigres in the 1930s. lovely heritage listed church that is now a cathedral  more »
  • When I passed by car before, I was really worried about a big dome-shaped roof like Russia, but when I was not able to grasp the location well, I saw the same photo on TripAdvisor, so I thought it was here and went there. The domed tower was only small, and it looked like a strange ordinary church. It was a small cute church whether it was rebuilt or the place was different, but it was a little disappointing.
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  • Been going here since a baby, great service and people
  • This is a small beautiful church with wonderful service and great welcoming people.
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