Heritage listing for Armidale cathedral

THE first cathedral built in the colonial outpost of Armidale has been rewarded for its significance with a place on the State Heritage Register.

NSW Heritage Minister Robyn Parker announced yesterday the Anglican Cathedral Church of St Peter Apostle and Martyr Precinct had been listed.

Designed by renowned architect John Horbury Hunt, the blue- brick church was completed by a team of local contractors in 1875, with a deanery added 17 years later.

Ms Parker, speaking while on a tour of the North West region, said although the cathedral was only “modest” in scale, she was “in awe” of both its strength and beauty.

“Inclusion on the State Heritage Register ensures the future management or development of the listed sites is supported with advice from the state’s leading heritage organisation, the Heritage Council of NSW,” she said.

The visiting minister – accompanied by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall – also took the opportunity to inspect renovations to Saumarez Homestead.

The Edwardian-era, 30-room  homestead, which provides a fascinating insight into pastoral life, was granted $69,000 from the government to assist with the construction works.

Mr Marshall said the mansion, listed on the State Heritage Register since 2002, had been revitalised following the works.

“Great efforts have been made to preserve the homestead and its interiors and it is one of Armidale’s best-known heritage buildings,” Mr Marshall said.

“The site offers a glimpse into 19th century pastoral life.

“Saumarez Homestead  remains a popular venue for weddings, small conferences and meetings.”

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