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St Stephen's Chapel
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St Stephen's Chapel in 2018
36°51′1.28″S 174°47′22.37″E / 36.8503556°S 174.7895472°E / -36.8503556; 174.7895472
Country New Zealand
Denomination Anglican
Status Chapel and churchyard
Dedication Saint Stephen
Events 1857 signing of the Constitution of the United Church of England and Ireland in New Zealand
Functional status Active
Architect(s) Frederick Thatcher
Architectural type Church
Completed 1857
Parish Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
Diocese Auckland
Province Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

The St Stephen's Chapel is an heritage-listed Anglican chapel and associated churchyard located in Judges Bay, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand.


Designed by Frederick Thatcher, the chapel replaced an earlier one that had been built in 1844 by Sampson Kempthorne, which had collapsed in July 1845. Thatcher's chapel was opened in early 1857. The chapel is unique in that it was almost certainly built specifically as the place of signing of the constitution of the United Church of England and Ireland in New Zealand on 13 June 1857, and its floor plan is a Greek Cross as a symbol of the establishment of the church, whilst all other churches built for Bishop Selwyn use the traditional Latin cruciform plan.

The chapel fell into disrepair, and was restored in the late 1920s.

The chapel and its churchyard were registered on 1 September 1983 by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category I historic place with registration number 22.

Notable burials

  • Charles Baker (1803 - 1875), missionary
  • Josiah Firth (1826–1897), businessman and politician
  • James Kemp (1797–1872), missionary
  • Frederick Whitaker (1812 – 1891), premier of New Zealand (twice)
  • Reader Wood (1821–1895), politician and architect
  • Dorothy England (1927-2024), wife of WWII veteran and ANZ Auckland regional manager Derrick England. Pillar of the Parnell community, mother of three children and family matriarch.
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