365 Places: Christ Church Cathedral

Day 51: Christ Church Cathedral, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Today, my post is about a place that had a significant impact on me as a young person: my family’s church in Darwin, Christ Church Cathedral.

Every Sunday (or sometimes even more) we would attend services here, with many others, who over the years become our friends and a significant part of our community. It was a place of worship, fun and friendship, a place that impacted on my spiritual life and understandings of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Through this community, I learnt compassion, acceptance and the belief that everyone deserves to be treated equally. Lessons of the spirit that are not bound by religion per se.

As a matter of interest, I was one of the first girls to be a ‘server’, assisting the clergy with the communion.

Christ Church was devastated in Cyclone Tracy, and all that remained of the original church was the sandstone facade. What was rebuilt was a beautiful modernist building that is still striking, particularly the stained glass window.

To find out more about the history of the Cathedral, check out the Christ Church Cathedral website.


Tracey M Benson is a lover of travel, having a diverse background as an artist, writer and researcher. Working with online environments since 1994, Tracey's experience includes providing digital media, web and social media solutions to government, non-profit, private industry and tertiary sectors. Her focus is on sustainability behaviour change and the use of communications and emerging technologies to empower community and build culture.

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