From Thursday Island in the north to Melbourne in the south, the AHS team is criss-crossing the country as we work on a range of projects featuring fascinating stories stretching as far back as the 1800s.
One of those is the strikingly beautiful Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, for which we are developing a plan to ensure its maintenance as a landmark for future generations of Thursday Islanders.
Built by priests of the Mission of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart soon after they arrived on the island in late 1884, it’s a great surviving example of timber churches constructed at that time.
It remains substantially intact, featuring Gothic architecture as well as early fixtures and fittings – including its choir loft, pews, altar, decorative fretwork.
Historically it’s valuable because it offers important evidence of missionary activity as well as the development of the island as the hub of the Torres Strait.
As an interesting aside, the church showcases the skills of a local artist, David Sing, who used his skills to great effect when painting clever trompe l’oeil murals on its walls in 1935.
A Conservation Management Plan being put together by a team of top professionals from AHS will guide the conservation of this wonderful building and ensure all future decisions take into account its cultural heritage significance.
AHS’s Amy Aitken examines paint scrapings at a heritage-listed terrace house in Melbourne.
Colour scheme matching
Another world away, in Collingwood, Melbourne, we’re working on a Historic Paint Analysis of two heritage-listed terrace houses and a former hotel being incorporated into the Victoria & Vine retail and residential precinct by luxury developer GURNER.
The terrace houses and the former John Franklin Hotel contribute to the Victoria Parade frontage, which features an impressive collection of predominantly two-storey Victorian-era residences, hotels, and shops.
The Victoria & Vine precinct, with the former John Franklin Hotel in the foreground.
As part of the development, AHS has the task of identifying the original or earliest identifiable colour schemes of the three buildings to help ensure they integrate well into the new development.
In the past two years, we’ve also carried out work in Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Bundaberg, Mackay, Townsville, Charters Towers, Cairns, and Cooktown as well as capital cities throughout Australia.
A cherry picker assists paint sampling.
We deliver a range of services including advice and assessments connected with heritage architecture, archaeology and Aboriginal heritage.