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By Kent Larsen

Ground Broken for Brisbane Temple

BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA -- Elder Kenneth Johnson, President of the Australia/New Zealand area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Church's Brisbane, Australia Temple on Saturday. The ceremony was attended by more than 200 people, although attendance was limited because each stake in the area was only permitted to invite 40 people. The groundbreaking comes after the Church reach an agreement settling a lawsuit over construction of the Temple.

The Brisbane Temple will take the place of the 44-year-old Kangaroo Point chapel, constructed on land purchased from the Church of England in April 1956. Constructed with donated labor from local members, the building, later the Stake Center for the Brisbane Stake, first in Australia, was opened August 9th, and eventually dedicated on February 27th, 1966. by Elder Paul H. Dunn. At the time, a Government official described the building as "the most beautiful Church in Australia."

The chapel has housed the Brisbane Ward (originally a branch) for its entire live, and also housed the Brisbane 3rd (Enoggera) Ward until 1973, and more recently, the River Terrace Ward, a Young Single Adults Ward. Demolition of the chapel and an accompanying administration building, built in 1963, will begin this week.

The groundbreaking became possible after the Church reached a compromise with the Brisbane City Council on February 21st that cleared the way for the Temple's construction. When the city first approved the Church's plans it placed building and operating conditions on the plans that the Church considered unacceptable. As a result of the agreement, some of the restrictions were apparently removed.

The planned Temple and a new chapel ill be built on the nearly 8,500 square meter (about 85,000 square feet - nearly 2 acres) corner block starting this week. According to reports on the Brisbane Temple website (see the last sacrament meeting in the chapel was to be held today.

The LDS Church announced the Brisbane Temple in mid-1998, saying that it would serve the Australian provinces of Queensland and New South Wales as well as Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Queensland currently has about 40 LDS congregations and 20,000 members.


Brisbane Temple Page

See also:

Brisbane Temple Court Case Settled; Groundbreaking in March

Brisbane Temple Restrictions at Stake in Zoning Fight


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