This building on the corner of Mains and Beenleigh Roads was constructed as the Sunnybank Methodist Church in November 1936 as part of the newly formed Moorooka Methodist Circuit. Fundraising efforts by the local community from as early as 1932 contributed to the cost of building the new church (some £400) and continued after its opening to reduce the church debt. The land was donated by Mrs Sophia White, who was aged 83 when she attended the stump-capping ceremony on 17 October 1936. The corner site of the church was resumed by Brisbane City Council for road purposes on 3 March 1979 and the Sunnybank Uniting Church vacated the site. The Sunnybank Variety Group, a local drama organisation established in 1965, applied to Council to lease the building and financed its relocation on the site. The work which included raising the hall and enclosing the area underneath the stage and kitchen with concrete block was completed by March 1981. The building has been renamed the STG Live Theatre.
a) It is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of the City's or local area's history
as a church hall constructed by the local community in the 1930s when Sunnybank was a semi-rural district.
e) It is important because of its aesthetic significance
for its assembly of steeply pitched gabled volumes which contribute to the simple ecclesiastical design and for its setting in a landscape of mature trees on a prominent corner site.
g) It has a strong or special association with the life or work of a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons
as a Methodist church which served the local community for over 40 years and as the premises of the Sunnybank Theatre Group since 1981.
NOTE: The purpose of this report is
to provide a general reference source of information
about the main historical and descriptive features that
contribute to the cultural significance of the heritage
place. It is based on available evidence and may be
re-assessed if further information becomes available.
It is NOT an official report and does not in any way
replace the official Heritage Register entry, which
can be viewed in the City Plan. A qualified practitioner
should undertake a thorough conservation study of the
heritage place before any action is taken which may
affect its significance as a heritage listed place.
For further information please phone Council on 3403
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