Medievalism at the Foundations

Description

This Collection illustrates how medievalism has always existed ‘in plain view’ in Australian public life, as a conspicuous cultural memory ghosting Australia’s modernity. It focuses on discourses about, debates over, and changing interpretations of i) Australia’s medievalist political and religious institutions and rituals, ii) its architecture, and iii) its civic environment. In this Collection are items relating to all three of these key areas. Firstly, you will find items that point to the medieval influences and inflections that still permeate and influence our political, legal and religious institutions and traditions. Secondly, you will find numerous examples of neo-gothic and neo-romanesque architecture, and some cases where architectural features are known to have been modelled on specific medieval buildings. Thirdly, you will find items relating to the ways in which medievalism is incorporated into our civic environments and expressed through statues, monuments and war memorials.

Items in the Medievalism at the Foundations Collection

The interior features of St. Mary's Cathedral in East Perth, WA. As these images suggest, the cathedral combines typically neo-gothic archways and domes with the clean, crisp lines of its more recent renovations, which were completed in…

The eastern facade of St Mary's Cathedral in East Perth, completed in 1865.

About St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral:

St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral is a neo-gothic cathedral located in Perth, WA. It was constructed in four stages…

The Western facade of St Mary's Cathedral was finally completed during the third and most recent stage of development and expansion in 2009. The 2009 completion of the cathedral is particularly evident in the two towers flanking the church entrance,…

The western facade of St Mary's Cathedral, which was finally completed during the third and most recent stage of development/expansion (1930 - December 2009).

About St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral:

St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral is a…

View of the original 1865 facade of the cathedral from an angle which highlights its spires.

About St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral:

St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral is a neo-gothic cathedral located in Perth, WA. It was constructed in…

A close-up image of one of the neo-gothic lancet windows at St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral.

About St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral:

St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral is a neo-gothic cathedral located in Perth, WA. It was constructed…

An image of the exterior of the Anglican Chapel of St. Mary and St. George at Guildford Grammar School displaying its twin towers, its verticality, its lancet windows and the large traceried window above the entrance.

About the Chapel of St. Mary…

An image of the entrance to the Anglican Chapel of St. Mary and St. George, featuring its large traceried window, solid buttressing and twin towers.

About the Chapel of St. Mary and St. George:

The Chapel of St. Mary and St. George was…

Images of neo-gothic features at the Anglican Chapel of St. Mary and St. George, including lancet arches, hood moulding and traceried windows.

About the Chapel of St. Mary and St. George:

The Chapel of St. Mary and St. George was constructed…

An image of the Perth Town Hall.

Construction of the Perth Town Hall began in 1867, and the building was officially opened in 1870. Upon the order of Governor Hampton the Town Hall was built as part of a Public Works programme that utilised…