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William Wardell

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 Contents - May 2011AD2000 May 2011 - Buy a copy now
Benedict XVI: The true meaning of mature faith - Pope Benedict XVI
Two million in Rome for beatification of John Paul II - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Modern martytrs: Shahbaz Bhatti (1968-2011): Pakistan's contemporary martyr - Babette Francis
Culture: The decline of the Christian West - Cardinal Raymond Burke
Oppression: Christians under fire worldwide - Cardinal Sean Brady
The Anglican Ordinariate: what impact on Catholic worship? - Shawn Tribe
Interview: International Conference on Eucharistic Adoration in Rome - Father Florian Racine
University Life: Australian Catholic Students' Conference 2011 a success - Br Barry Coldrey
Liturgy: Welcome to the new translation of the Missal - Audrey English
Literature: The 'impossible dream' of Don Quixote - Part 2 (Matthew 6:19) - Andrew Kania
Letters: Climate alarmism - Peter Donald
Letters: 'Spirit of Vatican II' - Fr. M. Durham
Letters: Simon of Cyrene - Andrew Sholl
Letters: A mixture - Arnold Jago
Letters: William Wardell - Cambria M. Parkinson
Poetry: One Cross - Bruce Dawe
Books: CHRISTIANITY IN IRAQ, by Suha Rassam - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: SIMON, CALLED PETER, by Dom Mauro-Guissepe Lepori, O.Cist. - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: ELIZABETH HAYES: Pioneer Franciscan Journalist, by Pauline J. Shaw - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: DAUGHTER OF MAN, MOTHER OF GOD, by Barry M. Coldrey - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
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Reflection: The Resurrection: ultimate meaning of our existence - Fr Dennis Byrnes

I was intrigued with Terri Kelleher's review of the new book about William Wardell, the famous architect. I became aware of him only after I moved to Geelong and joined the Geelong West Heritage Committee in the 1980s.

Here, his work is everywhere, and widely acclaimed, from the Catholic Church of Sts Peter and Paul in Geelong West (Ashly Parish) to the primary school, Geelong West Courthouse (nowadays engulfed by the modern Library) and the little gem, Geelong West's post office, a very self-possessed building, sporting lovely little stained-glass windows onto Pakington Street.

Further afield in this district is the remarkable Courthouse at Steiglitz, a gold mining town with no power or running water and all of seven (7) residents, and, just up the road, a half hour's drive will see another of his courthouses at Ballan. All of these "smaller" projects have William Wardell's stamp of beauty and containment, which makes local hearts swell with pride and recognition.

As a girl who attended Vaucluse Convent FCJ in the shadow of the Church of St Ignatius' mighty spire, seen all over Richmond, I am ashamed to say I never knew about this famous man, and the impact his works would later have on my life.

If Terri would like a personal tour, I'd be delighted to escort her any time. The Courthouse at Steiglitz is open every Sunday afternoon, and is a treat to visit.

Bannockburn, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 24 No 4 (May 2011), p. 16

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