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BLACKETS, THE : An Era of Australian Architecture.

Herman, Morton
Angus & Robertson
Format: Hardcover in Dustjacket
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Condition: Near Fine in dust jacket with some edge wear.

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Edmund Blacket (1817-1883) was the most important architect of colonial Sydney and the major exponent of the Gothic style in the country. 

Blacket was born in the UK and eventually trained as an engineer and “became incidentally a skilled draftsman and surveyor”. Newly married, he and his wife Sarah reached Sydney in 1842. On arrival, he received a number of church commissions and eventually set up an architectural practice.

He succeeded Mortimer Lewis as Colonial Architect (1849 – 1854) but resigned this post to take up an offer by the University of Sydney Senate to design its first buildings. The University’s Great Hall and the adjoining eastern elevation of the main building are regarded as Blacket’s masterpiece.

Blacket is remembered as a great ecclesiastical architect. Although not regarded as an innovator, he was revered for his ability to perfectly site a building.

Blacket was prolific and his other work includes:

  • St Marks Church, Darling Point (c 1850)
  • St Pauls Church, Burwood (1872)
  • St Stephens Church, Newtown (1874)
  • St Pauls College, University of Sydney (1856)
  • Cathedral Church of St George, Perth, WA
  • St Andrews Cathedral (commenced by James Hume in 1837 and completed by Blacket in 1846-74)

On the Early Glebe Architects walk, Edmund Blacket’s Bidura and St Johns Bishopthorpe are featured.

First Edition pp. x, 222 llustrated b/w plates and line drws #210116 Two closed tears at back of dustjacket.

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