Saint Stephen's Chapel • Brisbane • Australia by William Bullimore

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Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Exposure: 3 exposures (-2,0,+2 EV)
Aperture: f/11
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO Speed: 100
Accessories: Manfrotto 190XB Tripod, Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head, Canon RC1 Wireless Remote
Date and Time: 25 November 2011 4.39pm

Post Processing:
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From the Cathedral of St Stephen website

Work began on this little stone church in 1848… Fr James Hanly celebrated the first Mass in the church on 12 May 1850 when there were just sixty Catholic families in town.

In 1859, with the appointment of Bishop James Quinn, Brisbane became a diocese and the church a cathedral. When the new cathedral was opened in 1874 this church became a school room. During the past century it was used for school, church offices and storage, and was several times threatened with demolition.

Based on painstaking historical research and heritage reports, the bell tower has been rebuilt, the stone tracery in the windows reconstructed, and a timber shingle roof reinstated. In fact, it has been enhanced with treasures our ancestors could not have imagined: the West window is now filled with magnificent stained glass depicting Christ in glory and the story of St Stephen. The building will take its place in the cathedral precinct which serves as an oasis for shoppers and workers in the midst of a busy city.

The building now provides the cathedral with a small-scale worship space. The seating and sanctuary can be rearranged so that it is suitable for the Liturgy of the Hours, small group Masses, meditation groups, and weddings. The occasional spiritual talks or musical performances will also find a home in this sacred space. The whole of the worship space is located in the nave which is divided off from the apse by four solid timber panels and a rood bar with a crucifix in the midpoint. The apse space has been devoted to the diocesan shrine of Mary MacKillop.

The place is a significant landmark in the city of Brisbane, and it is also of considerable aesthetic significance for its high degree of design and craftsmanship, including decorative glass, ornamental cast iron, marble chimneypieces and cedar and yellowwood joinery.


  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaover 3 years ago

    Fabulous image William !!!

  • Thanks very much Ellanita.

    – William Bullimore

  • Lynden
    Lyndenover 3 years ago

    Lovely work William!

  • Thanks Lynden.

    – William Bullimore

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    stunning work William!

  • Cheers Charmiene.

    – William Bullimore

  • Željko Malagurski
    Željko Malagurskiover 3 years ago

    Beautiful Chapel & excellent work William!

  • Thanks mate.

    – William Bullimore

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful warm interier and capture.

  • Thanks heaps Lorraine.

    – William Bullimore

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 3 years ago

    Prolific top notch interior photography as I have come to expect from you William…..Brilliant…

  • Thanks very much Jason. You’ll give me a swelled head :)

    – William Bullimore

  • Delfino
    Delfinoover 3 years ago

    Nice effec with the fisheye William!

  • Thanks very much.

    – William Bullimore

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you.

    – William Bullimore

  • fototaker
    fototakerover 3 years ago

    often i believe the interior of most churches are much more beautiful than its exterior – i don’t know what the exterior of this church looks like but surely it cannot be more lovely than what you have showed us here so effectively!! great image and love the sharpness and colors!! bravooooo!!

  • Thanks so much for your very kind words.

    – William Bullimore

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago


  • Thanks muchly Lorilee.

    – William Bullimore

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