Founding of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Brisbane
The first Orthodox service held in Australia was 27th March 1820. It was the Orthodox Easter celebration service held by Fr. Dionysius on board the visiting Russian ship “Vostok”. It took another hundred years before a Russian Orthodox parish had been established.
The first Russian Orthodox Church in Australia was founded in Brisbane, Queensland in 1923 by a group of Russian refugees fleeing the Bolshevik persecution. For the most part these remnants of the opponents of Communism loosely named the White Movement came to Brisbane via China where at the time there was a substantial Russian colony. Among the newly settlers was a military archpriest, Father Alexander Shabasheff. Energetic and strong willed, he immediately took steps towards establishing a Russian Orthodox Parish.
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