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Dogura Anglican Cathedral
Milne Bay Province

Papua New Guinea

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Dogura Cathedral

The majestic red roofed Anglican Cathedral of St Peters and St Paul sitting on the plateau at Dogura can be seen for miles. Almost as soon as you are airborne from Gurney airstrip, if you know where to look, you can see the Cathedral. The Cathedral was represented on the 21 toea Papua New Guinea postage stamp in 1991.


21 toea stamp
21 toea stamp

The church was built by the early missionaries and consecrated on the 29th of October 1939 by the Archbishop of Brisbane - Archbishop Willaim Wand who later became the the Bishop of London. The Church is built on what used to be an old traditional fighting ground for the people of the area. The Cathedral stood untouched by warfare throughout the Second World War (1939 - 1945).

The Cathedral took five years to build. I believe that at the time it was built, it was the largest building in Papua New Guinea and clearly visible for miles around. The Cathedral is 170 feet long and 50 feet wide which makes it 10 feet longer than St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. Dogura Cathedral can seat approx. 800 people.


Dogura Cathedral
Dogura Anglican Cathedral

Formerly a diocese of the Province of Queensland, it became a province in its own right in 1977. The first Anglican missionaries landed near Dogura much earlier, in 1891


Another view of the Cathedral

 

See also -- http://www.ship-of-fools.com/mystery/2000/235Mystery.html
and -- http://anglicanhistory.org/aus/png/dogura_consecration1939.html

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