brimblecombe Team on site

The Smyth Chapel

The Smyth Chapel in West Terrace Cemetery is another historic refurbishment project undertaken by Brimblecombe Builders.recently and continues the theme of  preserving part of Adelaide's past.

History of The Smyth Memorial Chapel.

Built to the memory of Father Smyth who arrived in Adelaide in 1853, a priest who worked tirelessly to promote the Catholic Churches in country regions of South Australia and was instrumental in the erection of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral. He died in 1870 as the Vicar-General of the Colony.  [Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1954), Friday 4 November 1932, page 5]

Following his death a Memorial Chapel was erected and was quoted as 'one of the finest examples of Gothic Architecture in South Australia. Octagonal in plan, with walls of carved stone, four of which are carried up as gables, and with delightful detail of cut freestone. The carved -stone , winged, grotesque gargoyles at the top of each buttress are a rare feature in Australian architecture'

In 1931, the building was showing signs of stress and it was considered to be  'worthy of preservation'. A  cost effective plan to restore the chapel at a cost of £500 was approved. [Southern Cross (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1954), Friday 4 November 1932, page 5}

Sire of amenities area - note windows

Wotso - rustic work spaces

Wotso in Flinders Street is set up in a converted church building and has retained many of those characteristics eg the arched windows. Brimblecombe's brief has been to fit out this building with hot desks, new kitchen facilities, and adding amenities to extend its use.

In the style of a rustic workplace, making use of the existing distressed floorboards where possible and refurbishing with units recovered from other sites, it has been converted into a very useful area. This is  ongoing  and more images of this new age retro project can be found on the WOTSO page.
Toll House and hill, 1881 Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, SLSA B 26499, Public Domain
Toll House and hill, 1881
Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, SLSA B 26499, Public Domain
Photo taken early morning shows the scaffolding on the roof

Restoration work on the Toll House Gate


Brimblecombe Builders is pleased to announce that they have been selected to undertake the restoration of the Toll gate to maximise its heritage value.

Works consisted salvaging as much of the original timber components as possible and components that were either missing or in disrepair were replaced to match the original sizes and detail.

The original metal components consisting of tie rods, hinges etc were all salvaged treated, repainted and reinstated into the gate framework.

This work was carried out by Brimblecombe's expert joiners. at Kent Town

Other projects underway with Brimblecombe Builders

Brimblecombe currently has several minor works projects ongoing or recently completed for

  • WOTSO - ongoing minor works

  • Alfred James  - 2 minor projects at Unley and Richmond

  • Pirsa  - minor works project Pirsa Plant Research Plaza - Waterproofing

  •  DPTI Netley - AGSA Building - various works.