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Our History

St Barnabas was built in 1888 to service the growing Church of England community in the area.  The build you see today is one of few remaining examples of 'federation gothic' - a rustic timber building built by local labour.

We have had our share of fame.  From 1920 to 1939 this was the parish of Canon David Garland.  He was a passionate anglo-catholic and is credited with creating what we know Anzac Day to be.  He also was a strong advocate for RE in schools.  You can see the Anzac chapel and Window in the church today commemorating this aspect of our history.

But for most of our history we have been a cornerstone of the Red Hill community.  This we continue today, with regular worship, special occasions, social activities, and support to community via use of the hall and our outreach.

Meet the Team

Rev Bill Colbrahams

Reverend Bill Colbraham

Priest, Locum Tenens

BA (UQ), B Com (UQ), Dip Adv Acc (UQ), B Th (BCT)

Bill has been our locum priest since 2017.  He brings many years of experience in ministry, life and parish administration.  He is married to Jen and has an adult daughter Margaret.  You can contact Bill via the parish phone or via email.

Rachel Tew

Honorary Director of Music and Organist


Rachel is the director of music and organist at St Barnabas.  She is an experienced pianist, accompanist, and choral singer.  Her main interests are in baroque, early classical and French impressionist organ music, in particular the works of J.S Bach.  You can read more about the organ at St Barnabas here.


Scott Malcolmson


Warden, Synod Representative

Scott is a Barrister-at-Law at the Queensland Bar and a Lecturer in Legal Practice.  Scott has an interest in military and church history and a skilled singer and hymnist.  He is licensed as a Liturgical Assistant.

Ken Rouse


Ken teaches English at Griffith University and is active in highland dancing.  A passionate gardener, Ken is the driving force behind the upkeep of our church grounds, as well as being licensed as a Liturgical Assistant.

Duncan Unwin

M.Information Systems Griff, CiBCM Visa, SA Fin, MAICD

Warden, Treasurer, Synod Representative

Duncan works in transactional banking and cyber-security and has a professional background in IT.  Duncan looks after the booking of the hall and the financial administration of the parish.  Duncan is also involved in community sports and is the treasurer of Ice Skating Queensland.  Duncan has a strong interest in church music.