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Buildings: Anglican Cathedral (St. Peter’s Cathedral)

In about 1840, the governor of South Australia, George Gawler, granted land in Victoria Square to the Anglican Church for its cathedral. The land was conveyed to Augustus Short, the Anglican Bishop, in 1848. Soon afterwards, however, the Corporation of the City of Adelaide objected, a court case followed and eventually Bishop Short purchased the land in North Adelaide where the Cathedral now stands. Bishop Short had chosen William Butterfield to design the cathedral, but when unsatisfied with his drawings, appointed Edward John Woods to adapt the plans. The foundation stone was laid by Bishop Short in June 1869. The first service was held in 1878, but the cathedral was only half finished. In 1890, money was raised to complete the building and it was finally finished in1904.

St. Peter's Cathedral
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