Our approach to heritage conservation is informed by the Australian ICOMOS Charter for Places of Cultural Significance (The Burra Charter).
We understand that conservation requires knowledge of both traditional and contemporary materials and techniques and needs a broad range of skills to ensure the best solution is adopted.
Our experience includes:
The Esplanade, Darwin, NT
Constructed in 1925 as the residence of the company engineer for the Eastern Extension Australasian and China Telegraph Company, Lyons Cottage is reminiscent of English colonial design in India. Conservation works undertaken by David included replacing the roof with new tiles and repainting the building inside and out.
Darwin Botanic Gardens, NT
Constructed by the Simpson Company in Adelaide and shipped to Darwin in 1897, this nationally important pre-fabricated steel church was relocated from the city centre to the Botanic Gardens where it was reconstructed back to its original form. David undertook research into the original building and designed, documented and project managed the reconstruction works.
Darwin City, NT
Constructed in 1883, the former Darwin Town Hall was destroyed during Cyclone Tracy in 1974. The ruins were retained as a symbol of the cyclone. David was initially involved in preparing a dilapidation report on the building and currently is project managing urgent conservation works to stabilise sections of the stone walls.
Dating from 1886, this building is the oldest extant example of an outpost police station in the Northern Territory. It is now a museum managed by the National Trust. David prepared the Conservation Management Plan for the site and has provided advice on the conservation of the building fabric.
The Catholic Church Precinct at Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island comprises the church, presbytery, convent and a small radio shack. Constructed in 1940, the Church is a beautiful blend of designing for climate and function. David prepared the original Conservation Management Plan and recently undertook a condition survey of the building.
Located south of Katherine, the tin mines were exploited during the first half of the 20th century. In conjunction with Stephen Sutton, a consulting archaeologist, David undertook a detailed survey of the sites, recording and mapping mine shafts, remnant equipment and evidence of occupation. The interaction between miners and local Aborigines, many of whom worked in the mines, also formed part of the study.
Darwin City, NT
Designed by noted architect John George Knight and built by Vaiben Louis Solomon, this once privately owned commercial building was constructed in 1885 from local stone. David prepared the Conservation Management Plan, provided advice on conservation and developed a Masterplan to guide the expansion of the site.
This important housing precinct was constructed for senior public servants in Darwin during the late 1930s and is now owned by the National Trust of Australia (NT Branch). Designed by BCG Burnett and WT Haslam, the houses exemplify good design principles for the climate. David prepared the Conservation Management Plan and developed a detailed Masterplan to guide the expansion of the site.
Constructed in the late 1930s as part of the WWII military build-up in Darwin, these barracks are exemplary designs for the climate. David prepared an Archival Record of three of the five extant barracks prior to their refurbishment to current Defence standards. Work included measured drawings and a detailed photographic record.
Historic Photo: Northern Territory Library
Paul France Collection PH0140/0090