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AHS projects span the country


Thursday Island to Melbourne

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.

 

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church

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.

Interior view of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church


Victoria & Vine

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.

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.

AHS’s Amy Aitken examines paint scrapings at a heritage-listed terrace house in Melbourne


Full range of services

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.

We deliver a range of services including advice and assessments connected with heritage architecture, archaeology and Aboriginal heritage.

To discover how we may be able to assist on your next project, contact us today here via our website or phone (07) 3221 0000. You can also connect with us on Linkedin.

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Extensive war history unearthed at Milman Hill Complex on Thursday Island

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AHS ensures cultural preservation of the Mt Coot-tha Kiosk and Lookout, unearthing a rich history at one of Brisbane’s premiere vantage points

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AHS helps to record and conserve Bega’s network of historic granite kerbs and gutters for our client Bega Valley Shire Council

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AHS delivered a Conservation Management Plan for the State heritage listed former Cairns Masonic Temple

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Delivering heritage services including an Archival Recording at the Coffs Harbour Forestry Building

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Conserving Willard’s Farm, one of the oldest surviving farms and residences within the Redlands on Brisbane’s Bayside

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AHS projects with Cairns Regional Council include a CMP for Mulgrave Shire Council Chambers

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AHS uncovers a lengthy historical legal challenge while researching the William Mitchner Shelter

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AHS helps visitors experience the history of Cairns Court House

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AHS helps to conserve the Mount Morgan Coronation Lamp and Boer War Memorial

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Discovering the evolution of Queensland ambulance services at Charters Towers

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AHS helps preserve one of Buderim Mountain’s oldest surviving houses

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Rediscovering a heritage home’s socialite past in New Farm

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New tourism opportunities for Mount Morgan Railway Station

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AHS advises Rockhampton City Council on maintenance and heritage protection of the iconic Rockhampton Customs House

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Adaptive reuse in action at Port Douglas Sugar Wharf and Shed

The Challenge

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.



How we helped

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.

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.

Results

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.

We deliver a range of services including advice and assessments connected with heritage architecture, archaeology and Aboriginal heritage.

To discover how we may be able to assist on your next project, contact us today here via our website or phone (07) 3221 0000. You can also connect with us on Linkedin.

You might also like to read:

Case Study

Restoring Brisbane’s iconic Naldham House

Case Study

AHS protects Aboriginal Cultural Heritage across renewable energy sector

Case Study

AHS analyses iconic Queens Plaza façade

Case Study

History of Wynnum Seventh Day Adventist Church unlocked

Case Study

Extensive war history unearthed at Milman Hill Complex on Thursday Island

Case Study

AHS ensures cultural preservation of the Mt Coot-tha Kiosk and Lookout, unearthing a rich history at one of Brisbane’s premiere vantage points

Case Study

AHS helps to record and conserve Bega’s network of historic granite kerbs and gutters for our client Bega Valley Shire Council

Case Study

AHS delivered a Conservation Management Plan for the State heritage listed former Cairns Masonic Temple

Case Study

Delivering heritage services including an Archival Recording at the Coffs Harbour Forestry Building

Case Study

Conserving Willard’s Farm, one of the oldest surviving farms and residences within the Redlands on Brisbane’s Bayside

Case Study

AHS projects with Cairns Regional Council include a CMP for Mulgrave Shire Council Chambers

Case Study

AHS uncovers a lengthy historical legal challenge while researching the William Mitchner Shelter

Case Study

AHS helps visitors experience the history of Cairns Court House

Case Study

AHS helps to conserve the Mount Morgan Coronation Lamp and Boer War Memorial

Case Study

Discovering the evolution of Queensland ambulance services at Charters Towers

Case Study

AHS helps preserve one of Buderim Mountain’s oldest surviving houses

Case Study

Rediscovering a heritage home’s socialite past in New Farm

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New tourism opportunities for Mount Morgan Railway Station

Case Study

AHS advises Rockhampton City Council on maintenance and heritage protection of the iconic Rockhampton Customs House

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Adaptive reuse in action at Port Douglas Sugar Wharf and Shed

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