in Australian Capital Cities 25-09-2011
in Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses 09-11-2011
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO: 400, Aperture: f4, Shutter: 1/25
St George’s Cathedral is the principal Anglican church in the city of Perth, Western Australia and is located in St Georges Terrace. It was designed by Sydney architect Edmund Blacket and was built in 1888, replacing an earlier building immediately to the north-east of the present one. The cathedral is described as Gothic Revival and is made from local handmade clay bricks from Queen’s Gardens, while the blue-stone columns that support the Clerestory came from Victoria and they sit on footings of Fremantle limestone. The stone was quarried at nearby Rottnest Island. The Cathedral was opened and consecrated by Bishop Parry (second Bishop of Perth) on November 15th, 1888. The interior features a jarrah ceiling and memorials to Western Australian pioneers and people who served in the wars. The crenellated bell-tower designed by J. Talbot Hobbs was added in 1902 as a memorial to Queen Victoria. The Memorial chapel was added in 1923 in honour of the men whom fought in World War I (1914-1918). The pulpit was carved in England from Caen stone and commemorates Sir Luke Leake (Treasurer and Benefactor). Its castellated bell tower was damaged in the 1968 Meckering earthquake. In 2005-2008 the cathedral was extensively restored with the tile roof replaced by slates as originally built. Earthquake protection was added to two walls to provide bracing and much other work was undertaken.