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1869

  • Waste Lands Amendment ('Strangways') Act approves the sale of land in some agricultural areas on credit.
  • South Australian Chamber of Manufacturers founded.
  • George Woodroffe Goyder surveys Palmerston (now Darwin).
  • South Australian Yacht Club formed.
  • Building of St Peters Cathedral commences (completed 1904).

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St. Peter's Cathedral
Title : St. Peter's Cathedral St. Peter's Cathedral
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Source : Woods Bagots Architects, BRG 18/63
Date of creation : 1890
Format : Architectural drawing
Dimensions : 555 x 375 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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The original design of the cathedral was undertaken by English architect William Butterfield who favoured the cathedral being built in brick with extensive coloured banding and polychrome work, a style in vogue in England at the time. However, Bishop Short wanted stone. In order for this to occur Bishop Short purchased Butterfield's plans.These were revised twice by local architect EJ Woods from the firm Wright, Woods and Hamilton.


Despite the cathedral taking almost 40 years to complete from when Bishop Short laid the foundation stone in June 1869, the whole conforms to the original plan prepared by Butterfield. Butterfield's brickwork and polychrome work was replaced with ashlar sandstone and limestone masonry. The towers and spires were completed in 1902, and a Lady Chapel was added in 1904.

The cathedral is built in the Gothic Revival style and is considered an important example in Australia. It has been constructed from Tea Tree Gully stone and has open supporting arches and several fine stained glass windows. Its position at the top of King William Road, North Adelaide gives it a commanding position in the Adelaide landscape.

St Peter's Cathedral is listed on Australia's Register of the National Estate and the South Australian Heritage Register.

Subjects
Related names :

Woods, Edward John, 1839-1916

Coverage year : 1890
Period : 1852-1883,1884-1913
Place : King William Road (Adelaide: S. Aust.)
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

Beaumont, David St. Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide : processes provenances and architectural schemes Thesis (B.Arch.St.(Hons.))--University of Adelaide, Dept. of Architecture, 1998

Creed and architecture [Adelaide: S.A.I.T. School of Architecture and Building, 1970]

Heritage of the city of Adelaide: an illustrated guide Adelaide: Corporation of the City of Adelaide, 1990

Jensen, Elfrida Colonial architecture in South Australia: a definitive chronicle of development 1836-1890 and the social history of the times Adelaide: Rigby, 1980

Page, Michael F Sculptors in space: South Australian architects 1836-1986 [Adelaide, S. Aust.]: Royal Australian Institute of Architects (South Australian Chapter), 1986

Queale, Michael Adelaide's architecture and art: a walking guide Kent Town, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1996

Reed, TT A history of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Adelaide Adelaide, S. Aust.: Lutheran Publishing House, 1983

Whitehead, John Adelaide, city of churches Magill [S. Aust.]: M.C. Publications, 1986

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