The Smyth Chapel, West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide

Tender for the Smyth Chapel restoration


Photo of John Smyth taken from an image of Catholic Clergy held by the State Library

The Smyth Chapel, West Terrace Cemetery Adelaide

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}

Heritage Status and Brimblecombe Builders

Brimblecombe Builders has been involved in the heritage preservation / restoration of several iconic South Australian Buildings and  has worked to the Burra Charter for these.

The work on the Terowie Railway Station and the rebuilding of the  Adelaide University Grandstand in Park 10 are 2 examples.

Matching existing work has also been instrumental in some of the work undertaken - PAC's bluestone walls for example.

Working in sensitive areas can be illustrated in the building of the Norman McLeay Chapel at Daw Park Cemetery, the multifloor development at the Women's and Children's Hospital (reference available) and the work at Warrina Aged Care (reference available)

Being contracted to do the restoration work for  several Government House projects also demonstrates the ability to work in sensitive environments.

Restoration work at the Thebarton Police Barracks demonstrates  respect for the original building.

For more information about Brimblecombe Builders' work ethic and approach, we refer you also to the page Why Choose Brimblecombe.

The Brimblecombe Team

Each of the Estimators / Project managers has worked previously on sensitive buildings. With Mike Rundell's overarching role supervising the entire project, little is left to chance.

Please refer to the information on The Team and their Project experience.