Wardell: Building with Conviction
ISBN 9781921421440 (hardback)
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lowly circumstances in London’s East End in
1823 WILLIAM WILKINSON WARDELL became one of Australia’s greatest
architects whose crowning works are his two cathedrals, St Mary’s in
St Patrick’s in Melbourne. As well as
being a leading exponent of Gothic Revival architecture of the 19th
century, he served for a period as Chief Architect in the Victorian
Works Department where he stamped his character and his high standards
of Melbourne’s best-loved public buildings including his own design,
was a contemporary and devoted admirer of Pugin. Both were converts to
Catholic Faith and both shared a deep religious conviction in the
of Gothic architecture for church building.
young architect he enjoyed the friendship and intimacy of Charles
other prominent writers, artists, and actors, but he feared for his
1858 due to the wretched climatic conditions that claimed the lives of
thousands of Londoners at that time. To
the sorrow of his friends Wardell chose to sail with his family for
lured by the climate and the urgent need for new churches for the
early years in Australia Wardell suffered sectarian animosity and
among members of his profession. Forced
unfairly to leave Victoria in 1878 he was welcomed in Sydney where he
honoured and revered as a leader of his profession. At his
death aged 76 a newspaper stated: ‘He closed his life of
noble labours, a life crowded with artistic triumphs in a manner in
with the modest gentleness of his whole career.’
first major biography of Wardell, Evans reveals for the first time his
life and influences at home in a Workhouse, his apprenticeship at sea,
work in England and Scotland where he was responsible for over twenty
admired churches, schools, and private houses.
architectural legacy in Australia is rich and varied but it is for his
monumental cathedrals that he is best remembered. He lavished much of
his love and his exacting standards on each of them simultaneously so
they are emblematic of their cities and judged by architectural
among the finest examples of the Gothic style anywhere in the world.
The Conscious Stone - ‘This is a book which stirs the
and emotions. It repays more than one
reading.’ Elizabeth Jolley
Fanatic Heart - ‘Writing with real literary flair
lively authorial imagination, [Evans] has produced the best biography we
ever likely to have.’
New England Quarterly, Boston.
G. EVANS was a
producer with the ABC for many
years, working as a presenter, reporter writer and producer for
radio. Evans lives in Western Australia.
In 1989 he
left the ABC to concentrate on freelance writing. His first
published book, The Conscious Stone, a biography
of the priest-architect, John Cyril Hawes, won the Western Australian
Literary Award for non-fiction in 1985. Later books
included Fanatic Heart, the biography of John Boyle
O’Reilly, short-listed for the National Biography Prize; and C .Y.
His Life and Legacy, published in 2001.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 04 June, 2010.