Fairbridge Chapel

Fairbridge Chapel

The perfect ceremony location…

The famous historical heritage-listed Fairbridge Chapel is available for hire, for weddings and other events and seats 200 people in pews.

The Chapel of the Holy Innocents

Fairbridge Chapel was designed by architect Sir Herbert Baker, in 1928 and completed in 1931, a design he never saw with his own eyes. Baker was a great believer in Kingsley Fairbridge and his work at Fairbridge Farm that when the Child Emigration Society approached him in 1928 about designing a chapel for the Farm School, he was more than happy to oblige.

In his autobiography Architecture and Personalities (1994) Baker explained, “I have such admiration for the work of Kingsley Fairbridge, inspired by Rhodes and a Rhodes Scholar, in his farm schools that I gave designs of a chapel for the first Farm School at Pinjarra in Western Australia.”

The chapel resembles earlier architectural styles Baker had developed in South Africa, fitting with Kingsley’s origins.

Baker determined the best location for the chapel by refering to maps and plans of the village, without ever visiting Fairbridge, only consulting with Perth Architects and London sponsors. The chapel was constructed on the site of the old stables.

This building was largely the gift of Thomas Wall of English Icecream fame, who donated £6000. Construction was carried out by builders, Sumpton and Sons, along with unemployed Fairbridgians who helped dig the foundations.

The foundation stone for the chapel was laid on 14th February 1931 by A E Joyner, ready for dedication 10 months later on the 12th December 1931, by the Bishop of Bunbury.

The Chapel is 56 feet long and 25 feet wide, and was built using what local material including brick, jarrah and karri with a shingled roof. The most prominent features of the chapel are its high ceilings, glass stain windows and dramatic chandeliers.

The glass stain window at the western end of the chapel was placed by the Old Fairbridgian’s Association in memory of its founder.

Kingsley’s grave lies a short distance from the chapel, with views of the rolling hills that lay back drop to the church.

A Pipe Organ was donated by a London hotel and shipped over to Western Australia, still in the chapel today.

The Fairbridge chapel is open to the public 7 days a week from 9.00am to 5.00pm, and is used by school and community groups, as well as for hire for weddings, funerals, and christenings.

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