St Jude’s History

Outside Church

St Jude’s Brighton has a rich history that has been chronicled by Lochee Andison. Her informative book ‘In the Wake of St Jude’ provides insights into the life of the parish, and has been used to prepare this page.

If you would like to read or own your own copy of Lochee’s hard cover volume, please contact our parish office to make arrangements.

In addition, you may like to review some of the photographic resources available via the State Library of South Australia (SLSA) website. Simply navigate to collections and then photographs to enter the search phrase “St Jude’s Brighton”. The images stored at the SLSA include a parasol parade and pictures of the smaller church, prior to the devastating earthquake of 1954.


Five Significant Events

Brighton was inhabited before European settlement, and the land that now makes up much of the Adelaide plains was the home of the Kaurna people.

Lecturn Eagle
December 16th 1854
The foundation stone of St Jude’s was laid by Lady Fox-Young. Bishop Short consecrated one quarter of the land, due East of the Church property.

August 2nd 1909
St Jude’s could now afford to pay the minimum stipend of 200 pounds a year for a rector. The Revered Arthur Cunningham was the first rector of St Jude’s.

December 24th 1948
A group of parishioners staged a nativity play. This group evolved to become the successful and fruitful St Jude’s Players that still produce quality local theatre today.

March 1st 1954
St Jude’s Church was severely damaged in an earthquake and made unsafe. Grundy Hall became the substitute church for four years.

May 24th 1964
Bishop Reed blessed the extensions of St Jude’s and preached in the first service that included the old and new sections of the church.