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Early missionary societies: history, medallions and a banknote

“Dr David Livingstone has long been a hero of mine. In 1841 he was sent as a medical missionary to South Africa by the London Missionary Society. Recently, I was the successful bidder at an online auction for a medallion celebrating the centenary of the London Missionary Society in 1895. It is a beautiful medallion and it motivated me to learn more about the society,” says Dr Peter Lewis

"My favourite cushion is the one that sits in the Archbishop's cathedra, titled 'À mon seul désir'. It is an adaptation of the last tapestry in 'The Lady and the Unicorn’ set of six housed in the Musée de Cluny in Paris. The meaning of this design has been interpreted to be ‘love or understanding’, which makes it a fine choice for the Archbishop’s cushion. The stitcher is Jocelyn Croaker and it was donated by Ruth Holman, in memorium of Elizabeth, Jane and Peter Holman" (Gerard Finn, pictured with The Very Rev'd Dr Peter Catt holding the 'À mon seul désir' cushion in St John's Cathedral in October 2021)
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STITCHES IN TIME: The Cushions of St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane

“I was not initially drawn to the array of cushions…not until I took over the task of choosing cushions for the monthly display 10 years later did I truly began to appreciate the enormity of the scope of ‘The Tapestry Project’ undertaken by the volunteers who created and coordinated the initiative across the 1980s,” says retired Cathedral guide coordinator Jacki Scott, who has edited a stunning commemorative book, to be launched at the Cathedral in November

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Girls’ Friendly Society: history, origins and now

“GFS – An Anglican Ministry in our Diocese supports a range of initiatives, locally and internationally, by providing grants for parishes; bursaries for St Francis College students; financial support for Ichthus Camps; and funding for a chaplain one day a week at Queensland Children’s Hospital,” says GFS – An Anglican Ministry Office Administrator, Margaret Humphries

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The Chapel of The Holy Spirit: manifestations and mystery

“The Chapel of The Holy Spirit stands proudly next to Old Bishopsbourne on the campus of St Francis College – a sacred refuge for weary locals. It is true to say that as long as Bishopsbourne has stood, there has been a chapel beside it, but there have been some changes in its location, and indeed its fabric, over the course of its long history,” says Archives Researcher Adrian Gibb

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UNLEASHED: Stories from All Saints’, Booval

UNLEASHED is a collection of stories recalling the years between 1955 to 1965 in the working-class parish of All Saints’, Booval, and the remarkable group of people called into full-time Christian service from the church during that era, including seven ordained priests and 11 missionaries,” says co-editor The Rev’d John Arnold

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The Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller

“We are an ecumenical Order, enjoying the company of mainly Anglican, Roman Catholic, Uniting Church and Lutheran members. The Order came to Australia in 1969…There is a strong Anglican presence locally,” says Charles Clark from Holy Trinity, Fortitude Valley and The Order of Saint John