St Barnabas Church and Grave Yard Norfolk Island

sandysartstudio

Toowoomba, Australia

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The mission church, St Barnabas Chapel, was built as a memorial to Bishop Patterson who was killed by natives in the Solomon Islands in 1871.
The foundation stone was laid in November 1875 but the building was not completed until June 1880.
The chapel is simply beautiful. The four windows in the apse depict the four evangelists, the seats are carved and inlaid with Christian symbols in mother-o’-pearl, polished black and white marble paves the broad aisle leading to the sanctuary, which naturally is the most beautiful portion of the chapel, with its coloured marble floor, and glittering mosaic reredos screened with richly-carved wood.
In the centre is a massive silver cross that has been made out of Bishop Patteson’s own table-silver, and this is flanked by silver candlesticks and vases of flowers. For all those people who have the love of churches and grave yards.

This is on the road back into the township of Kingston.

I can find no information on the grave yard history. I did the headstones and some just went by a simple first name. This is only a very small grave yard as the main old grave yard is down at the water front at Kingston.

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