Conservation of a State Registered Place
Fremantle Town Hall
The external conservation of Fremantle Town Hall is a comprehensive response to a gradually deteriorating 130-year-old building.
This exemplar project distinguishes itself by its consistent adherence to Burra Charter best practice processes, thorough research, innovative technical solutions, and painstaking attention to detail in the execution.
Supported by a strong team of heritage professionals and skilled heritage tradespeople, the restoration of Fremantle Town Hall has been highly symbolic in the move to rejuvenate Kings Square by conserving and enhancing the history and unique character of Fremantle.
The $3.1 million restoration of Fremantle’s beloved 130-year-old Town Hall was the largest conservation project ever undertaken by the City of Fremantle.
Completed in May this year, the project protected the town hall for the enjoyment of this and future generations and also created a window into the past by reinstating its original appearance by removing paint from the stucco walls, reconstructing the slate roofs and refurbishing the historic clock.
These works were carried out by a team of specialist consultants and skilled contractors with a rare knowledge in the use of traditional building techniques, materials and conservation practice.
Gwalia Headframe (part of Gwalia Museum Group)
The conservation of the Gwalia Headframe successfully preserved a rare, non-typical heritage structure demonstrating industrial processes that were critical to the early economic successes of the Goldfields and Western Australia.
This great outcome in a remote location, brought together skills and expertise, especially in engineering and timber-craft.
The conservation of the Gwalia Headframe, constructed in 1898, was an innovative and one-of-a-kind project in Australia. The structure showed clear evidence of deterioration of its fabric, and without the necessary conservation work would have resulted in serious structural failure.
The 22-metre high timber incline Headframe, is the only large timber headframe of its kind surviving in Australia. It is an iconic landmark within Gwalia and the Western Australian Goldfields. Its conservation brought together a range of skills and expertise to preserve a non-typical heritage structure demonstrating important industrial processes that contributed to the early economic successes of WA.
St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Geraldton
The St Francis Xavier Cathedral project has seen the restoration and conservation of this iconic cathedral, designed by renowned priest-architect John Hawes.
Since the completion of conservation, the Cathedral has attracted greater visitor numbers and has increased the community’s sense of pride and ownership.
The St Francis Xavier Cathedral Precinct Project has restored and conserved this iconic heritage-listed place that overlooks the Western Australian coastal city of Geraldton.
Designed by internationally renowned priest-architect John Hawes and completed in 1938 at a time of great hardship in Australia, the Cathedral was not finished to original specifications. This restoration sees the Cathedral completed to Hawes’ original design.
The project included enhancement of the Cathedral, a new Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre, and community garden. The $9 million development was funded by the Diocese of Geraldton and the Mid-West community - with the assistance of the Federal and State Governments.